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 November 5, 2022

Supreme Court set to hear key cases on election procedures and free speech

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear key cases on election procedures and free speech, the Conservative Brief reported. The cases will be heard in the December session beginning Nov. 28.

The high court is set to rule on whether a web designer can explicitly exclude same-sex weddings from her offerings. Lorie Smith, the Colorado web designer at the center of the 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis case, objects to such weddings on religious grounds.

Smith was eager to add custom wedding website creation to her menu of services with a public notice that she would not be able to do so for homosexual couples. However, that would be in violation of her state's laws both in practice and in the announcement.

Oral arguments begin on Dec. 5 for Smith's case. Two days later, the Supreme Court is set to hear Moore v. Harper, which will determine the role of the North Carolina state court in drawing congressional maps.

The state's supreme court threw out a map drawn by the legislature following the 2020 census. In ordering the map to be redrawn, the plaintiffs argue the North Carolina Supreme Court violated the Constitution's "independent state legislature" rule that stipulates that regulating federal elections is the job of the states, not the courts.

Other cases on the docket next month include a case examining President Joe Biden's handling of immigration. There are also two cases involving federal bribery and fraud statutes.

These cases only add to several high-profile decisions the court has recently been asked to make. In June, the Supreme Court struck down a New York law restricting concealed carry for firearms, Fox News reported.

The 6-3 ruling upheld citizens' Second Amendment rights, much to the ire of the left. The court also upheld a coach's right to pray publicly in a First Amendment case and also limited the power of the Environmental Protection Agency in another.

However, the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has been the most consequential yet. The draft opinion was leaked in May and immediately sparked off a firestorm that culminated in an attempted murder against Justice Brett Kavanaugh that was thwarted by law enforcement, CNN reported.

The left has made no bones about attacking the court for perceived politicization since the balance of the justices shifted solidly to the right. After Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, Justice Amy Coney Barrett was quickly nominated and confirmed before the end of former President Donald Trump's term signaling the death knell for a leftist activist court, the Associated Press reported.

For decades, the Supreme Court was used as a tool to push the leftist agenda. Decisions like Roe and the infamous betrayal of an opinion from Chief Justice John Roberts, the Republican-appointed justice who upheld the Affordable Care Act on the shaky ground of taxing powers, have been hallmarks of a left-leaning court.

The high court has a conservative majority and has thus repeatedly ruled in favor of the Constitution. These important cases in the December session may prove to be more of that same encouraging trend.

Written By:
Christine Favocci

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