WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court reviewed two controversial cases on Monday, giving Democrats a win in a gerrymandering case and and booting back to lower courts a case involving an Oregon couple’s refusal to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.
In the gerrymandering case, the court ruled 5-4 in favor of Virginia Democrats and against the state’s House of Delegates.
The court ruled that the Republican-controlled body did not have standing to sue to overturn a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that required 11 legislative districts to redraw their lines. The district court ruled that the current lines dilute African-American voting power in the state.
Virginia will hold statewide elections this year.
The bakery case was sent back to Oregon courts for reconsideration because of the high court’s ruling last year in a similar case, involving Masterpiece Cakeshop. In that case, the court ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission exhibited anti-religious bias when it ruled that a bakery owners’ decision not to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple had violated the state’s anti-discrimination laws.