The US Supreme Court's landmark rulings of June 2015

16-07-2015

The founding fathers drafting the US Constitution designed the government so that each branch had a check on the others, in order that no single branch would have absolute power. The Supreme Court's main method of controlling the power of the legislative branch is judicial review. Under this principle, it has the power to examine laws and declare them unconstitutional. While the US Constitution holds that democracy is the appropriate process for change, the Court has now ruled, in Obergefell v. Hodges, that 'individuals who are harmed need not await legislative action before asserting a fundamental right'. In the closing days of June, the Court issued three rulings which have made, and will continue to have a major impact not only on US citizens but also on the broader US political landscape.

The founding fathers drafting the US Constitution designed the government so that each branch had a check on the others, in order that no single branch would have absolute power. The Supreme Court's main method of controlling the power of the legislative branch is judicial review. Under this principle, it has the power to examine laws and declare them unconstitutional. While the US Constitution holds that democracy is the appropriate process for change, the Court has now ruled, in Obergefell v. Hodges, that 'individuals who are harmed need not await legislative action before asserting a fundamental right'. In the closing days of June, the Court issued three rulings which have made, and will continue to have a major impact not only on US citizens but also on the broader US political landscape.