US supreme court justice Antonin Scalia, who  died on Saturday at the age of 79. Scalia was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and became a villain to liberals and a hero to conservatives. Photograph: Gavin Averill/The Hattiesburg American via AP

The death on Saturday of Conservative US supreme court justice Antonin Scalia, one of the most politically influential American judges of his generati(...)

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(...)

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. (...)