If the US Supreme Court had its own television show, this week’s ratings would be off the charts.
In addition to two cases relating to same-sex marriage and two race-related workplace discrimination cases, the highest court in the land will review cases related to affirmative action, voting rights, generic drugs, private property and Native American adoption. In all, 11 decisions are expected.
The court’s last scheduled session is Monday, but days will be added as needed until rulings are issued in all the remaining cases.
This week’s rulings will likely have implications that last well into the future.
“In the court’s modern history, I don’t think there has ever been one week with so much at stake,” Tom Goldstein, a Supreme Court lawyer whose Bloomberg Law-sponsored Scotusblog website tracks the court, told Bloomberg News. “We have four pending cases that may be cited for at least a century.”
Before issuing any rulings, however, the court will release a list of new cases for the 2013-14 term. According to Bloomberg News, that list may include “a showdown over President Barack Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.”
The Supreme Court traditionally saves its high-profile cases for the end of the term. The 5-4 ruling in favor of Obama’s health care legislation was issued on June 28, 2012, the final day of the court’s 2011-2012 term.
Allvoices welcomes writers’ thoughts on any of these cases, but the June 16-30 segment of The American Pundit political writing contest is focusing on the same-sex marriage rulings, with 2012 Republican presidential candidate and longtime gay rights activistserving as a guest judge. Here’s the writing assignment:
The US Supreme Court is poised to rule on California's same-sex marriage ban before the end of June. Discuss -- either before or after the ruling -- how the movement for gay and lesbian rights has affected and continues to affect US politics.
For more information on the current writing assignment and details on how to enter for a chance to win $250 now and $5,000 in December, please read Karger’s column here.
Sources and Resources: