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SCOTUS takes up abortion, guns, transgender issues, and illegal immigration in new session

The following is an excerpt from Blaze Media’s daily Capitol Hill Brief email newsletter:

Congress is still in recess this week, but the Supreme Court is back at work this morning. Today marks the first day of the October 2019 session.

One big case to watch this session will be a major religious liberty suit out of Michigan about whether or not a funeral home will be forced to let a biologically male employee wear a female uniform while interacting with clients and the general public. Another case to watch will be June Medical Services vs. Gee, which deals with state-level abortion clinic safety regulations and will be Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s first abortion case since he was confirmed to the bench last year. Justices will also take up the issue of President Obama’s DACA amnesty program for illegal immigrants, which President Trump has moved to end. And, in a case involving gun transport regulations in New York City, the court will also hear its first big Second Amendment case in a decade.

To mark the beginning of the new session, four justices — three current and one retired — gathered yesterday for the annual tradition of the “Red Mass” at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C., as did Attorney General William Barr, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, and Solicitor General Noel Francisco.

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