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Supreme Court Must Remember What Deference Means

June 18 (Bloomberg) -- As the Supreme Court nears the end of its term, the big decisions we are still waiting for concern race and marriage. These decisions offer the court an opportunity to exercise an unwonted self-restraint.

In two cases, the court is judging how far governments may go to rectify past discrimination against blacks and foster racial diversity. In two other cases, the court is asking whether governments are unconstitutionally discriminating against gays and lesbians by treating marriage as the union of a man and a woman.