On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down a voting rights decision that was surprising for its unanimity from a Court that has been bitterly divided on voting rights recently. At issue in Evenwel v. Abbott was whether states were constitutionally required to ignore those not eligible to vote when apportioning state legislative districts.
If you’ve been living under a rock for the last week (or have somehow managed to avoid social media completely), you might not know that the Supreme Court has made some extremely important decisions. Or, perhaps you’ve been inundated with countless, unsolicited opinions on those decisions. Worry not about sounding uninformed in front of your friends, because we’ll give you a quick summary of a few of the Supreme Court’s recent rulings.
First and foremost, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Court determined that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right protected under the Fourteenth Amendment. I would feel remiss in not including the following passage from the majority opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy: