As we head into a pivotal election year, the Supreme Court is planning on tackling several landmark cases this year. History will be made as the country plunges into the contentious 2020 presidential election.
From now until early summer, it is going to be a wild ride, as the court covers hot-button topics ranging from LGBT rights to protections for young illegal immigrants to abortion.
The Supreme Court will be reviewing a case that will decide if the 1964 civil rights act extends to gay and transgender workers. The Trump administration reversed the previous position of the Obama administration that extended those protections.
This will certainly be an interesting case to keep an eye on. Extending the civil rights act to cover lifestyle choices would be indeed a huge departure from conventional thinking.
The Supreme Court will also be hearing a case challenging the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, otherwise known as DACA.
Considering DACA was never authorized by Congress, it is unlikely the Supreme Court will allow the case to stand.
Another case has to do with a Lousiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. While similar measures in Texas were previously struck down, the new constitutional majority on the Supreme Court could uphold the law — which would be a huge win for pro-lifers.
Other key issues vary from juvenile sentencing to religious school funding, the insanity defense, and a major case concerning gun rights.
New Supreme Court
Lots of decisions have been made in these areas previously, but this is a new court, with several new appointees.
Additionally, with the presidential election reaching a fever pitch within the next year, the air of escalating political animosity makes each ruling a landmark decision for the new era of political thought.
Trump’s newly appointed justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, value strict legal interpretations of the constitution and could play a pivotal role in overturning years of precedent.
This move may be welcomed by many Americans who view the court as a political tool that legislates policy instead of using the Constitution. Regardless of what happens, prepare for plenty of political turmoil.