Jody May-Chang greets a friend as couples gather at the Ada County Courthouse in Idaho to apply for same-sex marriage licences, moments before the ruling. Photograph: Patrick Sweeney/Reuters

The US supreme court has temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling on same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada that would have allowed gay couple(...)

Linda Stephens, one of the plaintiffs in a case involving two residents who sued Greece, New York, saying prayers during public meetings ran afoul of the First Amendment’s prohibition of government establishment of religion. The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Greece did not violate the Constitution by starting its meetings with a prayer from a “chaplain of the month” who was almost always Christian. Photograph: Nathaniel Brooks/The New York Times

The US Supreme Court yesterday gave local government officials across the United States more leeway to begin public meetings with a prayer, ruling tha(...)

Jax Collins and Heather Collins share a kiss after getting married at the Salt Lake County Government Building in Salt Lake City, Utah, last month. The US Supreme Court put a halt to same-sex marriages in Utah last Monday. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

The highest-ranking court in the United States caused another stir this week when on Monday it put a halt to same-sex marriages in conservative Utah, (...)

The statue called The Authority of Law at the entrance to the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

The US supreme court started a new legal term yesterday during which it will decide on matters ranging from protests at abortion clinics to restrictio(...)

Supporters of same-sex marriage outside the US Supreme Court in Washington yesterday. The court handed a significant victory to gay rights advocates by recognising that married gay men and women are eligible for federal benefits, paving the way for same-sex marriage in California. Photograph: James Lawler Duggan/Reuters

The plaza in front of the US supreme court was awash with rainbow flags and “marry who you love” signs yesterday as hundreds of gay Americans celebrat(...)

Judicial researchers with the Courts Service (from left) Jane Murphy, Michelle Lynch, Katharine O Cathaoir and Lisa Scott picutred in the Judges Library in Dublin.photograph: aidan crawley

Amid the lofty stacks of files and folders that judges are forever rifling through on the bench, there’s one that many of them hold especially dear. I(...)

Edith Windsor (centre) is mobbed by journalists and supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court in Washington, yesterday. The court heard oral arguments in the case “Edith Schlain Windsor” challenging the constitutionality of the Defence of Marriage Act, the second case about same-sex marriage this week. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The US Supreme Court appeared to be in favour of repealing a 1996 federal law that denies legally married gay couples the same(...)

Demonstrators with opposing views rally  in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington for a second day running as it convenes to tackle the issue of gay marriage and hears arguments over the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. Photograph: Reuters

US Supreme Court justices have indicated interest in striking down a law that denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. (...)

Anti-Proposition 8 protesters wave a rainbow flag in front of the US supreme court in Washington, yesterday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Among the gay rights supporters outside the US supreme court were a number colourfully dressed and dancing at an impromptu disco just yards fro(...)