In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage act is unconstitutional; In a 5-4 Decision the Court has ruled the petitioners (Prop 8 supporters) did not have standing to appeal the district court order. The decision of the Ninth Circuit is vacated and remanded.
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This morning the U.S. Supreme Court issued 5 of 11 remaining decisions for the 2012-13 session. Most notable case was Fisher v. UT Austin, the affirmative action case. In a 7-1 decision The Fifth Circuit is vacated and remanded, its decision affirming the district court’s grant of summary judgment was incorrect. Ginsburg dissents alone. Kagan was recused.
The Supreme Court declared on Thursday that the anti-prostitution loyalty oath (APLO), a policy that requires organizations to adopt the U.S. government’s point of view as a condition of receiving U.S. global HIV funds, violates the First Amendment when it is applied to U.S. organizations. The decision allows U.S. organizations to address the HIV and AIDS epidemic with evidence-based interventions, free from discrimination and political agendas.
The investigative reporting that exposed the government impropriety on the part of the officials of the City of Bell would not be possible if legislation passed as part of the state budget is signed into law. Because these laws place a mandated cost on to local entities, legislators and the governor, are trying to prevent local agencies from demanding reimbursement from the state for their compliance by making all of its provisions voluntary.