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LGBT rights groups denounce SCOTUS decision on Voting Rights Act

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LGBT advocacy groups may have another day to wait before receiving news of the Supreme Court's position on same-sex marriage, but that doesn't mean they're staying silent.

Unhappy with the court's decision on the Voting Rights Act, a coalition of leading LGBT rights groups joined multiple civil rights organizations Tuesday to express their displeasure.

In a majority decision penned by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court invalidated a section of the law that forced certain states and counties -- mostly Southern -- to get federal approval for changes to voting laws.

Responding to the ruling with a statement released by the Equality Federation, the LGBT groups describe "the self-evident reality that racial protections are still needed in voting in this country" and assert "the court has done America a grave disservice."

The advocacy groups' statement hardly comes as a surprise given recent partnerships between LGBT groups and older civil rights organizations. In Maryland, the NAACP and similar civil rights groups partnered with LGBT advocacy groups in the push to legalize same-sex marriage.

Among the co-signees of the statement are the Center for Black Equity, Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Transgender Equality and PFLAG.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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