Waiting on Justice and Equality
US Supreme Court still to rule on major rights cases
The Supreme Court did not announce decisions Thursday in hotly anticipated cases on affirmative action, the Voting Rights Act and gay marriage.
The court is first expected to make a decision on Fisher v. University of Texas, challenging the university’s affirmative action policy in college admissions. The justices then will likely rule on the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act along with decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s gay marriage ban, Proposition 8.
The court did rule Thursday that companies cannot patent human genes in a unanimous opinion, a decision that could have vast implications for medical science and the pharmaceutical industry.
SCOTUSBlog wrote that the most likely days for an opinion on gay marriage are June 26 and 27. Amy Howe, of SCOTUS Blog, writes that the Supreme Court “has more opinions to issue by the end of June than in any recent Term. That’s not a big surprise, given that the Justices have more high-profile and divisive cases to resolve this Term than in any recent year. The cases just take time to resolve.”