Supreme Court decisions

    The justices is­sued a land­mark de­cision on gay mar­riage rights and also cleared the way for same-sex mar­riages to re­sume in Cali­for­nia, where state and fed­er­al judges and the state’s top of­fi­cials have said they sup­port gay mar­riage as a mat­ter of equal rights.

    The court is­sued oth­er key de­cisions, in­clud­ing strik­ing down a key part of the 1965 Vot­ing Rights Act and a more nu­anced rul­ing on the role of af­firm­at­ive ac­tion in col­lege ad­mis­sions.

    FULL COVERAGE: Battle over gay mar­riage

    In a 5-4 de­cision, the Su­preme Court of the United States has struck down the De­fense of Mar­riage Act, a 1996 law that banned fed­er­al be­ne­fits from leg­ally mar­ried gay couples. Read the de­cision:
    Today the U.S. Su­preme Court cleared the way for same-sex mar­riages to re­sume in Cali­for­nia as the justices, in a pro­ced­ur­al rul­ing, turned away the de­fend­ers of Pro­pos­i­tion 8. Chief Justice John Roberts, speak­ing for the 5-4 ma­jor­ity, said the private spon­sors of Prop. 8 did not have leg­al stand­ing to ap­peal after the bal­lot meas­ure was struck down by a fed­er­al judge in San Fran­cisco. As the day pro­ceeds, ...
    The Su­preme Court today struck down a key part of the Vot­ing Rights Act of 1965 that kept vot­ing rules in much of the South un­der the spe­cial scru­tiny of judges and the U.S. Justice De­part­ment. The court said these spe­cial re­stric­tions are out­dated and no longer needed now that blacks re­gister and vote at the same rate as whites.
    The Su­preme Court has said that uni­versit­ies need more proof of the need for di­versity be­fore they un­der­take an af­firm­at­ive ac­tion plan. By a 7-1 vote, with one justice re­cus­ing her­self, the court sent a case about the Uni­versity of Texas’ ad­mis­sions policy back to a fed­er­al ap­peals court for re­view, giv­ing the school an­oth­er chance to jus­ti­fy its af­firm­at­ive ac­tion pro­gram. Here’s the court’s de­cision:
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