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For agreeing with six colleagues in 2010 that Iowa's law banning gay marriage was unconstitutional, Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins' job is on the line Nov. 6. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this March 8, 2012, file phoo, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. Scalia says his method of interpreting the Constitution makes some of the most hotly disputed issues that come before the Supreme Court among the easiest to resolve. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

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** FILE ** In this March 8, 2012, file photo, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

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** FILE ** President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the Supreme Court ruled on his health care legislation. (AP Photo/Luke Sharrett/Pool)

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** FILE ** President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the Supreme Court ruled on his health care legislation. (AP Photo/Luke Sharrett/Pool)

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As the sun rises over the Supreme Court of the United States, a woman holds a Bible as she stands in silent prayer on the court steps one hour before the justices return for another term. Their first case was a human rights one involving businesses and foreign atrocities. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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A woman holds a Bible while standing in silent prayer on the steps of the Supreme Court on Oct. 1, 2012, before the justices return to the bench for another term. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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People wait in line to enter the Supreme Court on Oct. 1, 2012, before the justices return to the bench for another term. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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A woman holds a Bible while standing in silent prayer on the steps of the Supreme Court on Oct. 1, 2012, before the justices return to the bench for another term. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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A man stands in silent prayer on the steps of the Supreme Court on Oct. 1, 2012, before the justices return to the bench for another term. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** A woman holds a Bible while standing in silent prayer on the steps of the Supreme Court on Oct. 1, 2012, before the justices return to the bench for another term. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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People wait in line to enter the Supreme Court on Oct. 1, 2012, before the justices return to the bench for another term. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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A woman holds a Bible while standing in silent prayer on the steps of the Supreme Court on Oct. 1, 2012, before the justices return to the bench for another term. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** A woman holds a Bible while standing in silent prayer on the steps of the Supreme Court on Oct. 1, 2012, before the justices return to the bench for another term. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan, center left, and Clarence Thomas center right, depart after Red Mass at Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Washington, D.C., Sunday, September 30, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts walk out of Red Mass at Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Spectators wait to see Supreme Court Justices exit following Red Mass at Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Washington, D.C. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, center, arrives to attend Red Mass at Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Washington, D.C., Sunday, September 30, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Supreme Court Justices Anthony M. Kennedy (bottom left), Elena Kagan (center), Stephen G. Breyer (center right) and Clarence Thomas (top right) make their way out of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, after the annual Red Mass. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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The Supreme Court is embarking on a new term Monday that could be as consequential as the last one with the prospect for major rulings about affirmative action, gay marriage and voting rights. (Associated Press)