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The Supreme Court’s 2012-2013 term presented qualified victories and crushing defeats for the rights of ordinary Americans. While the Supreme Court required equal federal treatment of lawful same-sex marriages, it also gutted the Voting Rights Act, weakened Title VII, and strengthened laws that allow corporations to escape liability for wrongdoing. However, it is not too late to undo the damage of the 2012-2013 term. Congress has taken action in the past to reverse the Court’s most unjust rulings, and ought to do so again.
This past term was filled with rulings that weakened the ability of the justice system to ensure fairness and equality, and instead permitted discrimination and corporate deception. Collectively, these decisions send one clear message: Congress must act to protect rights put at risk by a politically-driven Supreme Court majority.