June is typically the Supreme Court’s busiest time. There are many key cases on the docket, and how they decide them will be the true test of the court’s originalist bent.
The Supreme Court is expected to rule on important cases surrounding the First Amendment, voting rights, and other hot-button issues, according to Fox News. The court is currently balanced 6-3 in favor of more conservative justices making these decisions especially consequential.
Fulton v. Philadelphia will examine whether a Catholic charity can exclude same-sex foster parents. The city claims the practice is discrimination but the charity asserts First Amendment religious freedom.
Another First Amendment case, Thomas More Law Center and Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Rodriguez, was brought to suit in part by the right-leaning Koch brothers. It questions the scope of free association hinging on whether a California donor disclosure law violates the freedom of assembly.
Brnovich v. Arizona Democratic National Committee is a voting rights case expected to determine whether a prohibition against ballot harvesting is in fact racially discriminatory as lower courts previously determined. Other important issues coming down the pipeline include a challenge to Roe v. Wade abortion rights and a Second Amendment case, though neither will be decided this June.
There is also chatter coming from the left about whether Justice Stephen Breyer should retire. This talk is being spurred on both by Breyer’s vocal opposition to court packing and by the lesson learned after the replacement of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg following her death.
Former President Donald Trump nominated Justice Amy Coney Barrett just prior to Election Day last year to fill Ginsburg’s vacant seat. Democrats were outraged that he would nominate a replacement so late in his term, but Ginsberg could have retired while a Democrat was still in office. Democrats have since threatened to pack the court to tip the balance in their favor.
The court has become the last safeguard against an out-of-control leftist government. Many are hopeful that Barrett and others will prove themselves to be originalists and side with the original framers of the Constitution, but conservatives have been burned too many times before.