Sunday, March 31, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases involving gay marriage.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases involving gay marriage this week. A ruling on the cases – one involving the federal government's Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the other a challenge to California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage – should come in June. "A decision saying that DOMA is unconstitutional because it discriminates against people based on their sexual orientation, and requiring the federal government to give full recognition to the existing marriages of same-sex couples, would be a huge victory," Paul Smith of the Washington, D.C., law firm of Jenner & Block told NBC News. Essentially, DOMA could be overturned on the grounds that it is discriminatory in denying benefits on the basis of sexual orientation…
Friday, June 29, 2012
Despite agreement on some provisions of law, Schneider would vote to keep the President Obama’s signature legislative initiative in place.
Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) and his Democratic opponent in the Nov. 6 general election, Deerfield management consultant Brad Schneider agree on a number of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act upheld Thursday by the United States Supreme Court. Where Schneider and Dold disagree is with the path they and their respective parties want to take in the future. Dold wants to get rid of parts of the existing law while Schneider wants to consider changes only when the law, which becomes fully effective in 2014, has a chance to season. Earlier: Update Dold, Kirk Want Changes to Affordable Care Act, Schakowsky Praises Decision Dold will have his first opportunity to make a statement July 9. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Local politicians reacted Thursday to the Supreme Court's 5–4 decision to uphold President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
(Update at 2:15 p.m.) Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) wants to make change to some parts of the Affordable Care Act and retain other provisions in the wake of today’s United States Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold the law. “We need to put in place provisions we’ve talked about and repeal some of the others,” Dold said today. “I consider the doctor-patient relationship sacrosanct and nothing should come in between that.” Among other things, Dold wants to get rid of the Independent Patient Advisory Board, a 15-member panel created by the Affordable Care Act charged with finding Medicare savings. Dold wants to retain the provisions allowing people under 26 to remain on their parents’ coverage and those that prohibit an insurer from …
Thursday, March 3, 2011
A roundup of the region's major developments for Thursday, March 3.
Here's what's going on in Patch sites around you: Mayor Curses at Mayoral Candidate in City Hall Child Reports Stranger Danger Supreme Court: Westboro Baptist Church Protected Under 1st Amendment Woman Sickened at Haven School/Merle's Outbreak Files Lawsuit