But following an hourlong argument in the case, it appeared possible that the law might emerge intact—or at least the damage won't be as great as housing advocates have feared. Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center said, "A majority of justices today appeared to reject Texas' attempt to limit the reach of the Fair Housing Act."
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Reaction to the high court's grant of review was swift. Judith Schaeffer, vice president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, called the justices' announcement "a key milestone" in the gay and lesbian movement for full equality. "The nation will soon see if Chief Justice Roberts is on the right side of the Constitution, not to mention the right side of history, when the court hands down its decision," she said.
The Loving case is likely the best guide. At the time, all but 16 states had eliminated such laws, Elizabeth B. Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center wrote on Friday. The majority of states had embraced equality. The rest eventually caught up.
Remarks in 2010 by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) days before the enactment of Obamacare may weaken the premise of a major case before the Supreme Court called King v. Burwell, which threatens to cripple the health care law.... His remarks, which haven't received much attention until now, add to the overwhelming body of evidence that members of Congress, staffers, policy experts, and the media covering the health reform debate all understood the law to be providing for subsidies on the exchanges, whether state or federal.
Judith Schaeffer, the vice president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, called the Friday grant of certiorari a "key milestone" on the road to marriage equality. Three dozen states have made marriage equality a reality, but the 14th Amendment "prohibits all 50 states from depriving gay men and lesbians of the fundamental right to marry," Schaeffer added. "I am confident that the Court will get the Constitution 'right' when it decides these new cases, and that same-sex couples will no longer have to live in a balkanized America," she continued.