QUESTION: The Supreme Court released opinions on three large court cases: DOMA, Voting Rights Act and Prop 8. Which do you think is the most significant decision and why?
Constitution is being ignored
In my opinion all are significant because of political pressure and being influenced to ignore the constitution and present law. They are to supposed to be unbiased in their rulings of law. I am sick of the politicization going on in the Supreme Court and all governing entities in our country. We can't rely on any laws these days. They have and will be manipulated by the over reaching administration now in power to be what ever they want them to be.
Voting Rights act decision diminishes rights
The most important decision in my opinion was the one on Voting Rights.
It is a retreat from protection of the right to vote against those who for partisan political reasons, try to deny that right. The reasoning of this decision has been proven wrong by the explosion of bills in various state legislatures to disfranchise seniors,collage students and low income voters.
I don't know what lead Chief Justice Roberts to the fantasy that this congress with it's current leadership would or could address this subject.
Voting Rights decision is regressive
The decision on the Voting Rights Act is the most important in my opinion. The other two decisions are actually progressive while the Voting Rights Act is regressive. Society has not evolved very far from the prejudices that initiated the marches and protests of the 1960s, and some southern areas of the country have proven this. The efforts to decrease the number of polling places, the hours of operation and the need for voting ID will have an impact on older adults and minorities. And since minorities gravitate toward a more liberal or democratic candidate the changes seem to be politically motivated.
Prop 8 ignores people
The rulings are equally important. Though I believe Prop 8 is the more devastating. It is an attack that has the potential to affect future votes of the people. The precedent has now been set. We will see lawsuits in Missouri challenging our vote on what we wanted in Missouri. The Gay rights activist will just move from state to state who have laws on the books that protect conventional marriage.
Page 2 of 2 - "I think the rulings did shed some light on the situation by noting that having second-class citizens and second-class marriages runs afoul of equal protection," said Holly Dickson, legal director for the ACLU of Arkansas. "It's a clear signal we're on stronger footing for a legal challenge, not just here but in all the states."
I put that quote in this because it is important to understand, gay rights won this one, but the American People lost overall.