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Supreme Court Wrapping Up Controversial Session

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  Original Published: 6/26/2013  The United States Supreme Court on Wednesday is expected to rule on Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.   It will mark an end to a busy session, one that has already brought some controversial rulings.     Ed Payne has the details.   The Supreme Court's docket had more than 30 cases and major rulings have already been made this week.   Affirmative Action, voting rights, and Wednesday, expected rulings on same sex marriage.   On the issue of Affirmative Action, the court avoided a decision on the use of race in college admissions by sending it back to the lower courts for further review.   Their 7-to-1 ruling makes it harder for colleges to use race as a factor in college admissions.   This case involved Abigail Fisher, a white student who sued the University of Texas.   She claims she wasn't given admission because she is white and that some less-qualified minority students were accepted.   "They gave us everything that we asked for and I'm confident UT won't be able to use race in the future," says Fisher.   On the issue of voting rights, justices were divided with a 6-to-4 vote.   They limited the Voting Rights Act of 1965, citing a portion they found unconstitutional.   It involves a formula that gives the government open-ended supervision of states with a history of voter discrimination.   Civil rights activists say this vote is an insult to their hard work.   "It is awful. It's a sad day," says Democratic Rep, John Lewis of Georgia. "I never thought I would see the day when the United States Supreme Court would put a dagger in the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965."   Wednesday, attention will be on the Supreme Court again, with rulings that have the power to change how the law treats marriage.   A new national study indicates a growing majority of Americans back same-sex marriage.   A CNN/ORC International poll shows 55-percent of the public believes marriage between gay or lesbian couples should be legally recognized with 44 percent opposed.
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