Justice who wrote majority opinion


Sources: U.S. Supreme Court; Reuters

SCOTUS rules in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide

Status of same-sex marriage in the U.S. before high court ruling

Recognizes same-sex marriage
Pro same-sex marriage court ruling but ban remains in effect pending further action
Bans same-sex marriage

Friends of the High Court

A look at the 148 amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs filed with the Supreme Court in support of gay couples seeking to marry, states that ban gay marriage, and advocates who take neither side in Obergefell v. Hodges. Such statements represent the views of people or organizations not directly tied to the case in question but who wish to advise on its broader legal ramifications.

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Sources: Freedom to Marry; American Bar Association

Edith Windsor greets the crowd outside after arguments in her case against the Defense of Marriage Act at the U.S. Supreme Court in March 2013. Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

SCOTUS upholds Obamacare tax subsidies

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, handing a major victory to the president.

States where consumers apply for/enroll in coverage through the federal exchange (*

Number of people receiving subsidies**

Less than 50,000
More than 1 million
State Number of people
at risk of
losing credits
Average tax credit
per enrollee
Percent increase in
average premium
if tax credit
is not available

* Excludes New Mexico, Nevada and Oregon.
** Persons receiving Advanced Premium Tax Credit as of March 31, 2015.
Sources: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Kaiser Family Foundation

A demonstrator in favor of the Affordable Care Act walks with a sign in front of the Supreme Court in March 2015. Reuters/Gary Cameron

Getting to King v. Burwell

Additional work by Travis Hartman, Daniel Brillman, Will Dunham, Caitlin Tremblay, Alessandra Rafferty and Herb Samuels