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Stephanie Gendron: Keep Supreme Court the way founders envisioned it

To the editor:

I believe a article published March 28 (“Marriage benefits in question”) greatly affirmed the current conversation over the Defense of Marriage Act case; however, I would like to add to the discussion the importance of the Supreme Court.

The general population forgets that the Supreme Court was set up to be the most powerful branch of the federal government, and in reality, it is. But the most important thing left out of the discussion is that the justices are not supposed to favor a political party. The strife between the Republicans and Democrats is and will continue to be the downfall of this country if we don’t step up and learn how to compromise.

And it starts with the Supreme Court. Whenever we hear about Supreme Court cases in the news, the media incessantly includes a party’s beliefs and justices’ affiliation with certain parties. We see Justice Anthony Kennedy in the press a lot during the hearing of cases as the deciding vote because of his beliefs in keeping to the middle ground.

Every judge and person in America should follow Justice Kennedy’s lead in keeping the middle ground and keeping party politics out of mind. People forget that the writers of the Constitution wanted the justices to keep party politics out of their mind when hearing cases.

Now, we never fail to forget who appointed each justice and which party they favor. The Supreme Court is the only branch of government that remains blind and we must keep it that way or our nation is in for a slow decline.

Stephanie Gendron

Amherst

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