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  • Carlos Turcios

Supreme Court's Latest Decisions, From Affirmative Action to Religious Freedom

Updated: Jul 4, 2023

Holston, K. (2023). Protesters in Washington on Thursday [photograph]. New York Times.

This past week the Supreme Court made three decisions that have ripple effects on America's political and cultural environment.

In a 6-3 decision, the court struck down Affirmative Action in college admissions citing that it violated the US Constitution regarding the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause. Universities will no longer be able to consider race in any college admission process. Liberal and Conservatives in the country reacted with either criticism of the court's ruling or praise.

The Supreme Court also, in a 6-3 decision, struck down Bidens student loan relief plan, citing that Federal law does not allow the program to remove billions of dollars in debt.

Lastly, in a 6-3 decision, the court ruled that a Christian graphic designer has the right to refuse to make websites for same-sex weddings citing that the state cannot force a designer to create sites contrary to the person's religious beliefs. Religious groups praised the action, while LGBT groups condemned the decision.

Despite liberal politicians criticizing the decisions, a new poll shows that 52% of Americans support the decision to eliminate Affirmative Action. And a recent Pew Research poll shows that 60% of Americans say business owners should be allowed not to provide services if such services conflict with their beliefs. The court's decisions represent what most Americans agree on political issues.


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