The Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that states must license marriages between same-sex couples, continues to spawn coverage and commentary. Elliot Spagat of the Associated Press (via Yahoo! News) reports on comments by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the author of the Court’s opinion, who “likened controversy over the court’s decision to allow gay marriage to public reaction over the 1989 ruling that said burning an American flag was protected free speech.” And at the LGBTQ Policy Journal, Sophia Carrillo looks at the influence of the Court’s 2003 decision in Lawrence v. Texas (and the dissent from that decision) on the same-sex marriage cases.


  • At Crime and Consequences, Kent Scheidegger has the first part of his overview of the just-ended Term’s criminal cases.
  • At IAALS Online, Malia Reddick discusses retention elections for Supreme Court Justices.
  • In the wake of the Court’s decision in Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment, in which the Court declined to overturn a much-criticized 1964 intellectual property decision, Steven Cernak and others have a post at Law 360 (subscription required) in which they note the Court’s “seeming unanimity on the weakness of antitrust precedents” and turn to “the next obvious question for antitrust lawyers”: “which antitrust precedents might be overturned.”
  • At Reuters, Alison Frankel reports that seventeen amicus briefs were filed last week in Spokeo v. Robins – which, she suggests, indicates that “corporate defendants do indeed regard” the case “as a potential blockbuster.”

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