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Francis Olson | 28 June, 2017, 11:32

New Jersey's attempts to legalize sports betting despite longstanding federal law will face Supreme Court scrutiny next term, the justices said Tuesday.

If New Jersey's appeal is successful, it could lead a wave of states to pass laws legalizing sports wagering, or force Congress to reconsider its current federal gambling laws.

The top U.S. court will hear arguments on whether sports betting should be legalised in New Jersey, and by extension elsewhere in the United States, in October.

New Jersey is seeking to overturn a 1992 law prohibiting state-sponsored sports betting.

The Supreme Court will now hear the case to determine if it's lawful for a company to deny services to a same-sex couple on the basis of religious beliefs. Earlier this year, National Football League owners allowed the Oakland Raiders to relocate to Las Vegas, a move that New Jersey gambling advocates and industry observers saw as a "symbolic breakthrough" for the push to legalize sports betting. The Supreme Court has taken a case that exemplifies a number of recent decisions by business owners to refuse services for homosexual couples getting married.

But Kennedy, who wrote the court's opinion upholding same-sex marriages, has also joined the court's conservatives in upholding religious exemptions.

"Now that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, this ruling could have a significant impact throughout the country regarding businesses being forced to go against the owner's sincerely held religious beliefs", said Matt Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.

'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli Goes On Trial On Securities Fraud Charges
Earlier in the day, another prospective juror, who was excused, said of Shkreli, "I know he's the most hated man in America ". He is accused of fraud relating to a drug company he previously headed, Retrophin , and a hedge fund, where he was a manager.

And there are many other Christians across the fruited plain who are suffering much like Jack Phillips has suffered simply for following the teachings of Jesus Christ. Betting on NFL games was scheduled to start at New Jersey racetracks during the 2014 season, but the collective leagues got a temporary injunction to stop it, and they sued to have the 2014 law stopped for good. The sheriff cited his almost five decades in law enforcement across the state to support his belief that more restrictive concealed weapons laws help keep some communities safer. New Jersey has seen casinos shut down and customers flee to states like DE and Pennsylvania to cash in on their gambling desires. The 61-year-old baker had converted to Christianity in late 1970s and belongs to a Baptist church, he told the Daily Signal in an interview in 2015.

When the U.S. Supreme Court rules next year on a religious refusal case that started in 2012 at a bakery in Lakewood, Colorado, its decision could have reverberations in Texas.

PASPA has faced increasing challenges as states seek to tap into the potential revenue streams that sports wagering offers.

Trump, who once owned casinos in Atlantic City, has previously said he favored the legalization of sports betting.

"The Supreme Court case addressed marriage, " he said at a news briefing.

The case has lasted almost as long as Christie has been in office.

This month the American Gaming Association announced the creation of a coalition involving organizations of attorneys general and police, policymakers and others to advocate for the repeal of the ban that the industry says has fueled the $150 billion illegal sports betting market. But she said any law giving a preference for a different-sex married couple over same-sex married couple would be constitutionally suspect.

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