“My goodness, I thought … we’ve held that the 14th Amendment ￼protects all races,” Justice Antonin Scalia said, as the justices consider whether a Michigan ban on affirmative action is constitutional. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg focused on the 14th Amendment’s aim at protecting against “political powerlessness,” but the final say is likely in Justice Anthony Kennedy’s hands.
The Supreme Court will begin hearing cases this week. Although decisions could take until late June, here are the key cases to watch.
A procedural question about whether the right party is before the court could be a hurdle for the pending Supreme Court cases involving the Defense of Marriage Act, California’s Proposition 8, affirmative action policies, and the Voting Rights Act.
“President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation — courageously declaring that on January 1, 1863, ‘all persons held as slaves’ in rebellious areas ‘shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free,’” President Obama stated today. An anniversary marked by the nation’s first black president.