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Supreme Court Dawdles on Gay Marriage, Affirmative Action

Visitors wait outside the Supreme Court in Washington, on June 20, 2013, in anticipation of key decisions being announced
Visitors wait outside the Supreme Court in Washington, on June 20, 2013, in anticipation of key decisions being announcedPhotograph by J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

This time of year, the Supremes typically draw out the suspense about the most ideologically charged cases of the term. This year is no different. Another decision day has come and gone, and the justices did not pronounce upon gay marriage, affirmative action, or the Voting Rights Act. Check back next week, when the justices have scheduled another decision day on Monday.

It’s not that the high court did nothing today. It issued rulings in three cases, including one of interest to many businesses. In that decision, the justices bolstered the strength of arbitration clauses and made it more difficult for someone who wants to organize a class action against a business to get out of such a restriction.