Tag: Supreme Court

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Business

Same-sex ruling has employers tweaking benefits

Demonstrators hold flags and chant in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on the second day of gay marriage cases before the court. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File) by Sam Hananel Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on same-sex marriage has private employers around the country scrambling to make sure their employee benefit plans comply with the law.

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Opinion

On race, Supreme Court is out of touch

by Jesse Jackson In its decision last Monday on affirmative action, the Supreme Court punted. It reviewed the University of Texas’ affirmative action program — in which race is admittedly “a factor of a factor of a factor” in admission, one of many factors used with a university committed to the educational benefits of a diverse student body — and said the lower court had to give it even stricter scrutiny. Or, in essence, take another, harsher look and come back next year.

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National

Obama pledges to fight for restoration of Voting Rights Act

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) WASHINGTON (NNPA) – President Obama has pledged that his administration will do “everything in its power” to repair the damage done by the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday when it struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. “I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today,” he said in a statement. “For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress – has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans. Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.”

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National

Despite Supreme Court ruling, voting abuses still widespread

Attorney General Eric Holder expresses disappointment in the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in the Alabama voting rights case, Shelby County v. Holder, June 25, at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) by George E. Curry WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, the part determining which states and political subdivisions are subject to the preclearance provision of the law, is likely to spark voting rights challenges around the nation, according to a study by New York University.

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Opinion

It’s no time to retreat from affirmative action, voting rights

U.S. SUPREME COURT by Julian Zelizer (CNN) — The Supreme Court is expected to issue a number of historic decisions in the coming weeks about how the government deals with race issues. With the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action on the agenda, the nation is watching closely to see what the highest court will say. The court is tackling affirmative action through a case involving the University of Texas and a student who was denied admission. With the Voting Rights Act, the court is looking again at the law, including Section 5, which stipulates that some jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination are required to submit changes in districting and voting laws for clearance.

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National

Justices more diverse than lawyers before court

In this Jan. 17, 1966, photo then Solicitor Gen. Thurgood Marshall, right, Attorney Gen. Nicholas Katzenbach and Asst. Attorney Gen. John Doar arrive at the U.S. Supreme Court to defend the legality of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. (AP Photo, File) by Mark Sherman WASHINGTON (AP) — In roughly 75 hours of arguments at the Supreme Court since October, only one African-American lawyer appeared before the justices, and for just over 11 minutes.