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We'll start with the branches of the U.S. government.
The legislative branch, Congress, makes the laws,
but it's the judicial branch's job to interpret those laws and decide if they violate the Constitution.
U.S. Supreme Court sessions start in October.
Over several months, the nine justices hear arguments in dozens of cases.
They do legal research, vote on the cases and write up their opinions.
When all of that's finished, the Supreme Court makes its rulings public.
Usually around this time every year.
Athena Jones gives us a preview of the possible rulings for some of these sessions cases.
From now until the end of June, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on big issues:
affirmative action and same sex marriage.
It's almost unimaginable, the number of things the Supreme Court is going to decide that affects all Americans in the next months.
First up could be whether public schools can consider race when admitting students.
Abigail Fisher sued the University of Texas arguing she was rejected because she is white.
I hope the court rules that a student's race and ethnicity should not be considered when applying to the University of Texas.
The school says race is one of many factors it uses to achieve diversity on campus.
Court watchers say Anthony Kennedy could side with conservative justices to overturn or limit a major Supreme Court decision from ten years ago that allowed affirmative action.
The justices are also dealing with another hot-button issue: same sex marriage.
From the marriage is between one man and one woman.
And you guys don't want to accept it.
Considering whether California's Proposition 8 ban is constitutional and in a second case,
if the Defense of Marriage Act can deny same sex couple the same federal benefits as heterosexual ones.
I think it's going to be good.
involving a law court:
He applied for judicial review to quash the order.
to break or act against something, especially a law, agreement, principle, or something that should be treated with respect
Don't violate other people's copyright.
relating to a statement that shows agreement or says yes
I can't give you an affirmative reply now.
a fact or situation that influences the result of something
The determinate factor of our economy is to control inflation.
allowed by or contained in a constitution
They have made the constitutional reform.