26 June 2013

Voting Rights Act and DOMA

The US Supreme Court has made two key decisions on legal cases that will have big implications for the US.

Firstly, it has struck down Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional on the grounds that the criteria used for deciding which voting rules need federal clearance is out-of-date. A legally correct decision, but the state of US politics at the moment means it will be a while before new criteria can be made law - and discriminatory legislation could still be put into place.

In better news, the Defense of Marriage Act, that barred same-sex couples from getting federal benefits, has been struck down - the Obama administration wasn't defending it either. Now it is a case of ensuring that people can marry freely across the Union.

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