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June 27th, 2013
06:09 AM ET

Scenes of joy after Supreme Court decision caught on TV – Jeanne Moos reports

The Supreme Court decision striking down a key part of DOMA and also opening the door to gay marriage in California is being cheered all over the country.

CNN's Jeanne Moos says it led to some amazing moments, just made for TV.

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Filed under: DOMA • Prop 8 • Supreme Court
June 27th, 2013
05:21 AM ET

History at the Supreme Court – Joe Johns reports

“Early Start” begins this morning with history, at the Supreme Court.

In a decision that is likely to change the lives of millions of Americans, the high court threw out a law banning the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. The Supreme Court ruled that marriage rules are up to the states and also opened the door for gay unions to resume in California.

CNN’s Joe Johns has more on the story, reporting that proponents took to the streets, celebrating what's being called a major victory for gay rights.

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Filed under: DOMA • Gay rights • Prop 8 • Supreme Court
June 26th, 2012
10:21 AM ET

Rep. Gutierrez: Arizona immigration law 'about targeting and scapegoating a particular community'

Yesterday the Supreme Court struck down key parts of SB 1070, Arizona’s law to deter illegal immigration. However, one of the most controversial elements of the bill, the so-called "show your papers" law, remains.

Congressman Luis Gutierrez, a Democrat representing Illinois, has been a consistent opponent of SB 1070 since it was enacted.

On Early Start this morning, Gutierrez explains why he opposes the law.

Gutierrez says the Arizona law gives a cop “a responsibility, if he has a reasonable suspicion that you have an immigration problem, to detain you and to detain you until you can prove otherwise.”

Due to concerns about racial profiling, the Justice Department announced a hotline for the public to report potential civil rights concerns.

“This is all about targeting and finger pointing a particular community and scapegoating that community,” Gutierrez says.

Filed under: Immigration • Supreme Court
April 26th, 2012
10:54 AM ET

Hints of support for immigration law? Attorney Raul Reyes explains

Raul Reyes, attorney and USA Today columnist, on the Arizona immigration case before the Supreme Court.

Filed under: Immigration • Supreme Court
April 25th, 2012
12:54 PM ET

Rep. Schweikert on SCOTUS immigration case: 'Political theater' surrounding law

Today, the law that put Arizona in the immigration-enforcement business heads to the high court.

Lower courts blocked four key parts of the law. The blocked provisions would:
– require state and local police to check the status of suspected illegal immigrants whom they've stopped or arrested for other reasons.
– make it a state crime for illegal immigrants to not possess federal registration cards.
– make it a state crime for illegal immigrants to work, or try to get work.
– allow state and local police to arrest illegal immigrants without a warrant if there's probable cause that these people committed crimes that would result in deportation.

The courts say the state's "interference" is making matters worse. Arizona says the issue is safety and the federal government isn't doing enough. And it appears many people agree. A new poll finds 68% of people nationwide support the law, just over a quarter disapprove.

Former Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) talks with Zoraida on the case before the Supreme Court.

Filed under: Immigration • Supreme Court
March 28th, 2012
11:19 AM ET

Texas Rep. Michael Burge says health care mandate "a problem"

Rep. Michael Burge (R-Texas) on the issues with the health care case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Filed under: Health care • SCOTUS • Supreme Court
March 26th, 2012
07:10 AM ET

What are the central issues of the Supreme Court health care hearing?

William Winkenwerder, former COO of the Massachusetts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, explains why he thinks that the Supreme Court's  judgment on the legality of the individual mandate will be a "close call."

Filed under: Health • Supreme Court