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The Supreme Court has the final say on interpreting the Constitution and laws that affect the legal rights of women. We’re working to confirm Justices who understand the impact of the law on the lives of women and their families and whose experiences and perspectives will add diversity to the Court.

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Fact Sheet | Marriage Equality: A Win for Women

June 30, 2015

In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court held that state laws that deny same-sex couples the right to marry or provide that only a marriage between a man and a woman will be recognized under state law violate the Constitution. This historic decision affirms that all Americans have the right to equal protection under the law. While critical to all same-sex couples and families, the decision has particular practical significance for women in same-sex couples.

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Fact Sheet | Obergefell v. Hodges, DeBoer v. Snyder, Bourke v. Beshear, and Tanco v. Haslam: The Supreme Court Should Presume Laws Discriminating on the Basis of Sexual Orientation are Unconstitutional

March 4, 2015

This term, the Supreme Court agreed to hear four cases on the right of same-sex couples to marry. The cases are from four states—Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—and raise two historic constitutional questions: whether states have the power to ban marriages between same-sex couples and whether states can refuse to recognize such marriages performed lawfully in another state.

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Fact Sheet | Singled Out: What the Supreme Court’s Recent and Upcoming Decisions Could Mean for Women’s Health and Economic Security

December 1, 2014

This Supreme Court Term, another challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will command attention due to its important implications for many who rely on the ACA for health coverage, but equally importantly, the Court will take up one or more cases focusing squarely on women’s health and economic security.  Earlier this year, the Supreme Court issued two rulings (Hobby Lobby v. Burwell and McCullen v. Coakley) that threaten to have a significant impact on both, in decisions that had the effect of singling out women’s reproductive health needs for diminished legal protections. This Term, the Court will hear a pregnancy discrimination case (Young v. UPS), and another birth control coverage case may be ripe for review before the Term is out. A key question is whether in deciding these cases, a majority of the Justices will continue to dismiss women’s health and economic security or will instead recognize that promoting women’s reproductive health is critical to protecting women’s equal opportunity to achieve and succeed.

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Fact Sheet | Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.

November 18, 2014

This term, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the federal law protecting pregnant workers from discrimination means what it says. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) requires employers to treat pregnant workers the same as they treat those who are “similar in ability or inability to work.” At issue in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. is whether an employer who accommodates the medical needs of employees with non-pregnancy related disabilities and injuries (as is often required by virtue of the Americans with Disabilities Act, for example) must extend the same type of accommodations to pregnant workers with similar medical needs. If the Supreme Court rules against Peggy Young, it will lead to many pregnant workers being forced to choose between their jobs and the health of their pregnancies. This fact sheet describes the case and what is at stake in the Supreme Court’s decision.

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Issue Briefs | Green v. Donahoe

July 13, 2015

Fact Sheet | Supreme Court Review: 2014-2015 Term

July 13, 2015

Fact Sheet | Marriage Equality: A Win for Women

June 30, 2015

Fact Sheet | Obergefell v. Hodges, DeBoer v. Snyder, Bourke v. Beshear, and Tanco v. Haslam: The Supreme Court Should Presume Laws Discriminating on the Basis of Sexual Orientation are Unconstitutional

March 04, 2015

Fact Sheet | Singled Out: What the Supreme Court’s Recent and Upcoming Decisions Could Mean for Women’s Health and Economic Security

December 01, 2014