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Supreme Court Still Deciding On High Profile Cases

6:24 AM, Jun 21, 2013   |    comments
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The Supreme Court has four days left in their term, and four days to issue decisions on four high profile cases regarding gay marriage, affirmative action, and voting rights.

There are two cases involving gay marriage, the first involving the Defense of Marriage Act. The Justices will decide whether the Act violates equal protection guarantees outlined in the Fifth Amendment, as it applies to same sex couples who are legally married in the state they reside in. 

The second case involving gay marriage is over the Defense of Marriage Act. The argument in this case is whether the Constitution's 14th Amendment guarantee of "equal protection" prevents states from defining marriage as only between one man and one woman.

The third case involves a high school student who was denied admission into the University of Texas and sued over the use of affirmative action.  The Supreme Court will decide whether race can continue to be used as a factor in college admissions.

The fourth case is about voting rights and the future of the Voting Rights Act. The question in this case is whether there can be continued federal oversight of elections in states with a past history of discrimination. 

The Supreme Court is not scheduled to release any decisions on Friday, and the last day of their term is on Thursday, June 27, leaving four days to issue their decision. 

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