Should the U.S. Supreme Court Usher in Social Change?

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While everyone agrees that the U.S. Supreme Court dictates the law of the land, many argue that it should stay out of social issues. The issue recently resurfaced during the same-sex marriage debate.

Of course, this is not the first time the justices of the Supreme Court have been asked to make fundamental changes to our country’s social institutions. In some cases, the legislative and executive branches gladly threw the controversial issues into the lap of the Supreme Court.

A few examples include:

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