This has been a crazy past couple of weeks if you like having rights

In short:

  • A Texas case challenging whether affirmative action was constitutional according to the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment was reviewed by the Supreme Court. It was sent back to the state appeals court, but the Justices’ decisions did indicate that instances where race is considered as a part of someone’s college admission would be placed under more scrutiny. Mind you, the 22 year old white woman who brought the suit is an alum of Louisiana State University and she has a job as a financial analyst at Xerox. Exactly what did she lose? Here’s the Court’s full decision.
  • Congress is debating the DREAM Act, which would grant amnesty to undocumented students who were brought to the U.S. as children. A recent House Committee vote indicated that the majority might be in favor of criminalizing undocumented immigrants, so for now deportation continues. Read the latest on the DREAM Act here.
  • George Zimmerman went to trial for killing Trayvon Martin. His attorneys are trying to claim that Martin was a troubled teen, which makes chasing him down and killing him justifiable. Whatever decision comes out of this trial could challenge the parameters of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law. The latest antics in this trial include a knock knock joke.
  • Texas Senator Wendy Davis staged a good ole fashioned filibuster against the Texas senate’s anti-abortion rights act. Abortion is still legal in all 50 states, however states are allowed to determine when life begins, so to speak. Texas is trying to join the ranks of states like North Dakota who say that once a woman is more than six weeks pregnant she can no longer have an abortion. Many states have a 20-22 week law. See the map of abortion laws by state here.
  • The Supreme Court of the United States overturned a provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that banned states from requiring limited types of IDs for a person to be able to vote. Now states are racing to the senate floor to disenfranchise as many people as possible. Many of these states are Republican states with large Latino populations which tend to vote democratic (the leader of this is once again Texas). The Texas attorney general led the charge on saying that gun licenses, driver’s licenses, and birth certificates are the only valid proofs of ID for voters. Social Security Cards and Student IDs are no longer acceptable. Read more here (if you can stand to).

At least the gays might be able to get married…again…

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