Reflecting on SCOTUS Decisions and What Lies Ahead.
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With the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the future of the Supreme Court of the United States and the rights of Americans have come into question. This November, there's a lot at stake.
SCOTUS decisions have a long-lasting impact on the lives of all Americans, establishing landmark rulings that affect every aspect of our lives -- from healthcare to marriage. The new SCOTUS nominee could change the course of American history and this should not be taken lightly. To see what's at stake in the future, let's reflect on the momentous impact SCOTUS has had on our lives in the past 10 years:
- NFIB v. Sebelius (2012) - This case was a landmark decision in which the Court upheld Congress' power to enact the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and a requirement for most Americans to have health insurance by 2014.
- Shelby County v. Holder (2013) - This decision addressed two provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The court rolled back voting protections and permitted states, including those with histories of racially-motivated voter suppression, to change their voting procedures without any outside oversight.
- Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014) - Before the Hobby Lobby decision, the general rule in religious liberty cases was that religion could not be used to diminish the rights of others. This case turned this notion on its head and for the first time, religious beliefs could trump the rights of others. The ruling allowed business owners who object from forms of birth control to refuse to cover certain contraceptives in their employee's health plans.
- Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) - This case was the landmark SCOTUS decision on marriage equality, which ruled that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Each and every one of these cases changed our lives, for better or for worse. This November, there is more than the White House at stake and we need your help to put our country on the right path.
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