By Pat Loeb
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A distinguished panel of experts dissected last week’s significant US Supreme Court decisions on Tuesday afternoon at the National Constitution Center.READ MORE: 2 Suspects In Custody After Shooting Near Lincoln High School Left Man Killed, 16-Year-Old In Critical Condition, Police Say
The panel predicted far-reaching effects from the court’s action.
The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act 44 years after the earliest gay rights efforts — but just ten years after it ruled that states could not criminalize gay sex.READ MORE: University Of Delaware To Host Campus Safety Event On Gender-Based Violence Following Last Week's Arrest Of Brandon Freyre
Brandeis University president Fred Lawrence called this an acceleration in the acceptance of gay rights and predicted an ever-quickening pace for fully equal status for same-sex couples.
“It’s now fully one-third of the people in the United States of America who live in jurisdictions that recognize same-sex marriage,” Lawrence noted, “so I think the momentum is very clear.”
He and his fellow panelists — UC Irvine law school dean Erwin Chemerinsky and SCOTUSblog reporter Lyle Denniston — predicted similarly far-reaching effects from the court’s ruling striking down part of the Voting Rights Act, in the form of ever more restrictive voting laws in states with a history of voter suppression.MORE NEWS: John Dougherty, Bobby Henon Corruption Trial Resumes Tuesday