The US Supreme Court Issues Historic Rulings
The Supreme Court issued some significant rulings in 2013.
Voting Rights Act. The Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — the map that determines which states must get federal permission before they change their voting laws. Civil rights activists called the decision devastating. Read more.
Defense of Marriage Act. The Supreme Court struck down the heart of the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 federal law that prohibits married same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits. Read more.
California Proposition 8. The Supreme Court issued a ruling that has the effect of making same-sex marriage legal in California again but leaves intact bans in other states and avoided reaching the merits of whether gay marriage is constitutionally protected. Read more.
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