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Kennedy: Congress should hash out hot-button issues, not us

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The U.S. Supreme Court has seen a dramatic increase in blockbuster cases on its docket, hearing highly politicized issues such as affirmative action, same-sex marriage, campaign finance rules, immigration and health care.

But at least one justice isn’t happy that such hot-button issues so frequently land before the Court. Those are the type of things better decided by Congress, said Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

“ A democracy should not be dependent for its major decisions on what nine unelected people from a narrow legal background have to say,” Kennedy said after attending a library dedication in Sacramento, Calif., according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “And I think it’s of tremendous importance for our political system to show the rest of the world – and we have to show ourselves first – that democracy works because we can reach agreement on a principle basis.”



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