March 26th, 2013
08:48 PM ET

Supreme Court conflicted over same-sex marriage

Supreme Court justices heard arguments today for and against California's 2008 ban on same-sex marriage known as Proposition 8.

The justices have the power to make same-sex marriage the law of the land. Currently, it's only the law in nine states and Washington D.C.

Some justices seemed wary of issuing a broad ruling.

"This was a deeply divided Supreme Court, and a court that seemed almost to be groping for an answer here," said CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin after following 80 minutes of arguments.

U.S. Supreme Court hears same-sex marriage arguments

OutFront tonight: Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

Filed under: Gay Marriage • Law • News • Supreme Court
February 20th, 2013
07:47 PM ET

Class-action lawsuit filed against Carnival Corp. over Triumph, citing lung and urinary infections

About 100 passengers from the ill-fated cruise ship Triumph have filed a class action suit against the cruise operator. The suit alleges that Carnival was negligent for allowing the Triumph to embark on the cruise, and states:

"Carnival knew or should have known that the vessel Triumph was likely to experience mechanical and/or engine issues because of prior similar issues."

Class-action lawsuit filed against Carnival Corp. in Triumph cruise

A spokesman for Carnival tells OutFront they "are unable to comment on pending litigation."

OutFront tonight: Michael Winkleman, Maritime Lawyer who filed this class action suit.

January 29th, 2013
11:30 AM ET

Tragedy fuels debate on rights of the unborn: Colorado mom fights for law protecting fetuses

Heather Surovik  was outside Colorado's state capitol Monday because she wants to change the law that governs when a life begins.

Last July, Surovik was just days away from giving birth to a boy. She was on her way home from the doctor's office when she was hit by a drunk driver. She lost the baby and state law prevented authorities from charging the drunk driver with her unborn baby's death.

The pro-life organization, Personhood, helped Heather launch a campaign to tell her story.

OutFront tonight: Heather Surovik  is joined by her mother, Terry Koester, who was in the car with her when the accident happened.

Filed under: Health • Law
January 17th, 2013
02:13 PM ET

NRA's power over Democrats: Obama faces uphill battle with Congress

President Obama signed 23 executive actions Wednesday that he says will strengthen gun control.

Obama announces 23 executive actions, asks Congress to pass gun laws

President Obama also called on Congress to do more.

"This will be difficult. There will be pundits and politicians and special interest lobbyists publicly warning of a tyrannical all out assault on liberty."

President Obama added, "Not because that's true, but because they want to gen up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves and behind the scenes, they'll do everything they can to block any common sense reform and make sure nothing changes whatsoever."

One of special interest lobbyist is the National Rifle Association - calling the president's recommendations  "feel good proposals that won't work."

The NRA is not only a powerful force among Republicans, the organization is also influential among Democrats. One of them - the top Democrat in the Senate, Harry Reid.

John Avlon is looking into the Majority Leader's ties with the NRA. He's OutFront.

Should the president be worried about members of his own party too?

Filed under: Congress • Gun Control • Law
January 17th, 2013
01:24 PM ET

Widow of Aurora shooting victim files lawsuit against James Holmes' doctor

The widow of 26-year-old James Blunk, victim of the Aurora movie theater shooting filed a lawsuit against the psychiatrist who treated accused gunman James Holmes.

The lawsuit alleges Dr. Lynne Fenton knew Holmes was dangerous and failed to protect the public.

Dr. Fenton treated Holmes at the university of Colorado, Denver - the school is also named in the lawsuit.

OutFront tonight: Forensic Psychologist Robyn Landow and CNN Legal Contributor Paul Callan.

Filed under: Colorado theater shooting • Law
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