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10 Supreme Court cases about the 14th Amendment

July 9, 2019 By NCC Staff

On the anniversary of the 14th Amendment's ratification, Constitution Daily looks at 10 historic Supreme Court cases about due process and equal protection under the law.

When the Supreme Court first ruled on affirmative action

June 26, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 26, 1978, the Supreme Court ruled in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, laying the groundwork for educational standards that still exist today.

On this day, Congress approved the 14th Amendment

June 13, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 13, 1866, the House approved a Senate-proposed version of the 14th Amendment, sending it to the states for approval. Two years later, the ratified statement became a constitutional cornerstone.

On this day: Supreme Court rejects anti-interracial marriage laws

June 12, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court issued its Loving v. Virginia decision, which struck down laws that banned inter-racial marriages as unconstitutional. Here is a brief recap of this landmark civil rights case.

Recalling the Supreme Court’s historic statement on contraception and privacy

June 7, 2019 By Nicandro Iannacci

It was on this day in 1965 that the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark case about contraception use by married couples that laid the groundwork for a constitutional “right to privacy” in the United States.

On this day, all Indians made United States citizens

June 2, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 2, 1924, President Calvin Coolidge signed into law the Indian Citizenship Act, which marked the end of a long debate and struggle, at a federal level, over full birthright citizenship for American Indians.

Brown v. Board: When the Supreme Court ruled against segregation

May 17, 2019 By NCC Staff

The decision of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka on May 17, 1954 is perhaps the most famous of all Supreme Court cases, as it started the process ending segregation. It overturned the equally far-reaching decision of Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896.

Major rulings on gay and transgender rights coming

April 22, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to settle the meaning of a 1964 civil rights law that bans discrimination in the workplace based on sex – and, specifically, whether that law protects workers who are gay or lesbian, and those who are transgender.

On this day, Supreme Court hears Loving arguments

April 10, 2019 By NCC Staff

On April 10, 1967, the United States Supreme Court held oral arguments in a landmark case about a Virginia law that said marriages between blacks and whites should be treated as a felony.

On This Day:  You have a right to an attorney

March 18, 2019 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1963 that the Supreme Court handed down the Gideon decision, which guaranteed the rights of the accused to have a public defender in court.

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