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When the United State Supreme Court ruled in 2004 to keep the phrase “under God” in the pledge of allegiance, its power to influence Christianity and the broader religious culture came into clear focus. Often the most significant moral issues in the evangelical dialogue—abortion, homosexuality, church-state issues—go before the United States Supreme Court. Charged with interpreting the Constitution, the highest court in the nation consists of one chief justice and eight associate justices. Due to the life tenure of each justice, infrequent presidential appointments to the court have become an important action item for Christian lobbyists and a point of moral concern for evangelicals.

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  • Former UPS driver at center of pregnancy discrimination case before Supreme Court - The Washington Post
    His arguments are backed by amicus briefs filed from both the left and right of the political spectrum and from women’s rights organizations as well as ­anti-abortion groups. “Women’s groups are concerned about guaranteeing equal access to the workplace for women,” he said. “And anti-abortion groups are concerned about removing the pressures to terminate a pregnancy that a worker might not want to make.”
  • Supreme Court declines to intervene in gay marriage cases | Reuters
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the hotly contested issue of gay marriage, a surprise move that will allow gay men and women to marry in five states where same-sex weddings were previously banned. By rejecting appeals in cases involving Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana, the court left intact lower-court rulings that struck down bans in those states. Other states under the jurisdiction of appeals courts that struck down the bans will also be affected, meaning the number of states with gay marriage is likely to quickly jump from 19 to 30.

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