This week, the U.S. Supreme Court showed us that it sure does care.
As Justice Elena Kagan quoted in a recent opinion, “[I]n this world, with great power there must also come — great responsibility,” the U.S. Supreme Court has gone three-for-three this week in wielding its great power on landmark decisions that upheld equality and justice for all.
Just this morning, the Supreme Court declared the right to marry as a fundamental right in Obergefell v. Hodges, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the nation, making marriage equality a reality.
This is a remarkable victory in our continuing Civil Rights struggle, from the historic Loving v. Virginia decision declaring ban on interracial marriage unconstitutional to today’s decision, the High Court has made it clear that any attempt to promulgate discrimination runs afoul of our Constitution.
Affordable Care Act
This week, the Supreme Court has once again upheld the Affordable Care Act in its latest decision on ACA, King v. Burwell.
Despite the numerous frivolous attempts by the Republicans to dismantle a health care system that is actually working, both legislatively and through litigation, the Court’s decision once again shows that health care is a right for all Americans, not just the privileged few.
As President Obama said, “The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.”
Fair Housing Act
The Supreme Court also ruled that housing discrimination does not need to be intentional; housing discrimination claims could be based on disparate impact on minorities. The Court preserves the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act in the holding of Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.
In the majority opinion, Justice Kennedy wrote, “The court acknowledges the Fair Housing Act’s continuing role in moving the nation toward a more integrated society.”
These decisions are major victories in moving our nation one more step toward a more perfect Union.