Supreme Court Refuses NC Gerrymandering Case, What's The Fallout?

Supreme Court Refuses NC Gerrymandering Case, What's The Fallout?

Supreme Court Refuses NC Gerrymandering Case, What's The Fallout?

"The judgment is vacated, and the case is remanded to the Supreme Court of Washington for further consideration in light of Masterpiece Cakeshop", the court wrote, referring to a ruling issued earlier this month involving a Colorado baker who cited his religious beliefs in refusing to make a cake for a gay couple.

The country's top judges ruled 7-2 in his favour. However, Barronelle Stutzman of Arlene's Flowers is still facing the same limitations on her freedom in Washington state. "It means that, after years of litigation and undeniable proof of intentional discrimination, minority voters in Texas- despite constituting a majority of the population within the state- will continue to be underrepresented in the political process", she said.

The US Supreme Court sent the case back for the Washington courts to take another look in light of the decision in Masterpiece without saying the Washington courts erred.

The North Carolina dispute centered on a congressional redistricting plan adopted by the Republican-led legislature in 2016 after a court found that Republican lawmakers improperly used race as a factor when redrawing certain U.S. House districts after the 2010 census.

"[Here's] the bottom line: the Supreme Court is requesting the state of Washington to realize. that they can't have a process of adopting and implementing laws or ordinances that are clear [ly]. biased and attacking of a particular group due to their ideology or beliefs contrary to that group".

Because the decision reverses a lower court ruling that said lawmakers intentionally discriminated against minorities, voting rights experts say this case can not lead to the state being "bailed-in" under the Voting Rights Act. In Hawai'i, the owner of a B&B who refused to rent a room to Lambda Legal clients, a lesbian couple, has petitioned the Hawai'i Supreme Court.

The result, they say, will be an increase in voter suppression ahead of the upcoming midterms as well as the 2020 elections as more legal challenges are turned aside.

In the baker ruling, the court's five conservatives were joined by two liberals in issuing a narrow decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy limited to the facts in that particular case.

The Washington Supreme Court ruled that Stutzman had violated a state anti-discrimination law by refusing to provide the floral arrangement. "We have every reason to believe the Washington State Supreme Court will reaffirm Curt and Robert's right to be full and equal members of our society". The two sued Stutzman after she declined, because of her faith, to design custom floral arrangements celebrating the same-sex wedding of a customer she had served for almost 10 years.

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has said there is no evidence of hostility against religion in Stutzman's case. The State of Washington followed with its own lawsuit against the business charging it with violating the Washington Consumer Protection Act.

Associated Press writer Mark Sherman contributed from Washington. Stutzman said that providing the service would be a violation of her faith.

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