Supreme Court Decisions

English: The Supreme Court of the United State...

English: The Supreme Court of the United States. Washington, D.C. Français : La Cour suprême des États-Unis. Washington D.C., États-Unis. ‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Høyesterett i USA. Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today The Supreme Court decided that genes that occur in the body naturally could not be patented. This is good news for people who are suffering from genetic diseases and looking for less expensive treatments. competition may now occur among pharmaceutical companies with genetic treatments. While it does me less money, pharmaceutical companies can still hold patents for genes that they create in a lab, known as synthetic genes. In my opinion, this was a good decision as it opens up availability of certain treatments and this means that there will be lives saved thanks to the ruling.

There are other rulings coming up, but probably the most anticipated rulings are on California’s Prop 8 law and the Defense of Marriage Act. Both of these cases are controversial, but I don’t think they should be. These cases are about civil liberty. We should all agree that people have the right to their own pursuit of happiness. Even if religion or philosophy disagrees, this country guarantees our right to be who we are without other people telling us what to do. This belief is apart of libertarianism, but I think it is a belief we can hopefully all agree upon.

Gay marriage’s main opponents are Christians and I understand their argument. I do not agree with it, because I feel it is forcing their views on all of us. If churches decide they don’t want to marry gay people, I think that should be their right. But the court-house cannot make that judgement. It must treat all people the same regardless of who they are. Even if the majority of people decide to vote to pass a law against a civil liberty, that law is unconstitutional. The constitution upholds the majority right to pass laws, but it also protects the minority’s rights and all civil rights. African-Americans would not have had the right to vote nor would have segregation been defeated if it had been put up to a majority vote.

If we now start to decide that The People can take away rights from others, we begin on a path that is a slippery slope. What’s to stop one group of people from wanting to restrict the rights of another group? What kind of example to we set to the world about freedom in general?

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