Civil rights and wrongs at heart of Supreme Court rulings

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WASHINGTON, DC – Civil rights, and wrongs, are at the heart of just about every case that gets to the Supreme Court, and lots of people hope this week`s decisions will right some wrongs.

In 2004, Arizona began to require proof of citizenship, like a driver’s license, birth certificate, or passport before the state would approve the federal voter registration application.

But the federal law does not require such proof, so the justices voted seven to two to throw out the Arizona law.

Two legacies of the civil rights movement still hang in the balance, such as whether the University of Texas and other public schools can use race-based admissions.  Also portions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The Supremes also have to decide whether to keep or strike down all or parts of DOMA, the federal defense of marriage act that defines marriage as a man-woman thing.

But DOMA is not just a gay-rights issue. It is also an immigration issue that affects current and future same-sex, international marriages.

So like that Will I Am and Brittney song, all eyes are on the Supremes to see who`s next to scream and shout.



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