Sixteen members of Congress, including Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to allow live broadcast of the historic opinion announcements expected in coming days.

By next week, the court is expected to hand down landmark rulings on same-sex marriage, the Affordable Care Act, capital punishment and housing discrimination. By long tradition, the justices who author the majority opinions read summaries of their rulings from the bench. On occasion, dissenting justices also read from their writings.

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