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Houston Matters for Friday, June 28, 2013

The Supreme Court’s spring session ended with a bang. The High Court issued dramatic rulings on several highly anticipated cases involving civil rights, some originating here in Texas, and all with implications for Houstonians. The Court struck down DOMA, and instructed a lower court to dismiss a challenge to a ruling striking down Prop 8 […]

The Supreme Court’s spring session ended with a bang. The High Court issued dramatic rulings on several highly anticipated cases involving civil rights, some originating here in Texas, and all with implications for Houstonians.

The Court struck down DOMA, and instructed a lower court to dismiss a challenge to a ruling striking down Prop 8 in California – a pair of victories for advocates of same sex marriage. The Supreme Court also struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, paving the way for Texas and other states to change election laws without federal approval, unless Congress develops new guidelines. In a pair of cases from Texas, the High Court ruled a suspect’s pre-arrest silence can be introduced as evidence in court, and in a 7-1 vote, the Supreme Court remanded to a lower court a case dealing with affirmative action policies in college admissions.

Houston Matters delves into these five rulings, what they mean, and their implications in particular for Houston and Texas.

Also, it was a dramatic week in the Texas legislature. We walk through events Tuesday and Wednesday surrounding the defeat of a proposed abortion bill, and consider what it would mean for Texans if it were to pass in the next special session called by Governor Perry.

Plus, we head to nearby Galveston to learn about “The Bishop’s Palace,” and we meet Walmart’s Warhol.”

 

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