Jacob Phelps, grandson of Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps, demonstrates outside the U.S. Supreme Court. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Fred Phelps snr, once pastor of the infamously intolerant Westboro Baptist Church, is close to death, according to his son. Nathan Phelps(...)

European earnings continue to lag the US, where 62 per cent of companies have beaten estimates – one of the highest percentages of the last thr(...)

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, (...)

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(...)

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) field director Charles White  speaks at a podium outside the US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC, today. The court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which aimed at protecting minority voters, is unconstitutional. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

In a major blow to civil rights activists, the US Supreme Court today struck down an important part of a 48-year-old federal law designed to protect m(...)

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. (...)