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Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Appeal Challenging Obama’s Citizenship

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President Barack Obama speaks to the press after a meeting with Filipino counterpart Benigno Aquino in the Oval Office of the White House on June 8, 2012 in Washington. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

President Barack Obama speaks to the press after a meeting with Filipino counterpart Benigno Aquino in the Oval Office of the White House on June 8, 2012 in Washington. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal challenging President Barack Obama’s U.S. citizenship and his eligibility to serve as commander in chief.

Without comment, the high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Alan Keyes, Wiley Drake and Markham Robinson.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the challengers did not have legal standing to file the lawsuit.

The U.S. Constitution says only “a natural born citizen” may serve as president. The challengers allege that Obama, whose father was Kenyan, was born in that African country, rather than in Hawaii. They claim his Hawaii birth certificate is a forgery. Hawaii officials have repeatedly verified Obama’s citizenship.

Keyes and Drake ran against Obama on the American Independent Party ticket and Robinson serves as the party’s chairman.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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