SUPREME COURT PLAZA, Washington, DC – On news this morning that the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its opinions in the two marriage equality cases argued this Term – Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor – Constitutional Accountability Center Vice President Judith E. Schaeffer released the following statement: “Today was a big victory for equality at the Supreme Court."
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Today’s ruling is judicial activism at its worst. It will harm both property owners and state and local officials by injecting judges into the land-use planning process, making it more difficult for state and local officials to strike an appropriate balance between protecting the environment and promoting development.
Today is a sad day for all Americans who care about protection of one our most fundamental rights, the right to vote. In striking down a core provision of the Voting Rights Act, the Court flouts the text and history of the Fifteenth Amendment, which expressly give to Congress broad powers to prevent and deter all forms of racial discrimination in voting.
CAC President Doug Kendall added, “As CAC’s brief urged, the Court held that the only purpose of the Elections Clause is to displace state laws, and therefore Congress should be presumed to have displaced states when it acts. The Court gets the Constitution’s text and history right in its ruling today.”
“President Obama has bent over backwards to accommodate concerns of Senate Republicans,” Kendall continued, “but has been met with unprecedented obstruction – and in the case of the D.C. Circuit, a legislative initiative that amounts to a mass filibuster of any nominees to this court. The President’s Rose Garden address today was a necessary and welcome response to the Republicans’ proposal to gut the D.C. Circuit.” Kendall said.