The justices said Monday they will consider whether a baker from the Denver area who objects to same-sex marriage on religious grounds can refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. The court also declined to hear a challenge of a California gun law.
Anthony Kennedy, who turns 81 next month, sparked speculation that he was set to announce his retirement when he moved up by a year a long-scheduled reunion of his former clerks. The event was held Saturday, but Kennedy–the key swing vote on the sharply divided court–did not mention retirement.
Justice Samuel Alito Jr. wrote in an opinion published this week that sex offenders “are much more likely than any other type of offender to be rearrested for a new rape or sexual assault.” The data says he is wrong.
New Justice Neil Gorsuch could turn out to be more conservative than predecessor Antonin Scalia. The court may take up a case that would expand gun rights to include carrying concealed firearms in public.