Supreme Court judge Anthony Kennedy to retire
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy known to have provided key votes for same sex-marriage, abortion access and affirmative action is set to retire.
His exit from the top court will give President Donald Trump the chance to cement a conservative majority on the top court.
The conservative has been a pivotal vote on many decisions including the 5-4 rulings that decided same-sex marriage and upheld abortion rights.
In his letter to Mr Trump, Justice Kennedy expressed “profound gratitude” for having served in the highest court.
Justice Kennedy, 81, will retire on 31 July, per his letter to Mr Trump.
He is the second oldest justice on the nine-member court.
He said his retirement was motivated by his decision to spend more time with his family.
“It has been the greatest honour and privilege to serve our nation in the federal judiciary for 43 years, 30 of those years on the Supreme Court,” Justice Kennedy wrote.