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Anthony Kennedy

A win for fair housing

A win for fair housing

The Supreme Court handed the Obama administration an unexpected but welcome victory this month in a case involving housing bias. The court upheld a long-standing precedent that the policies and practices followed by governments, lenders and others that have the effect of disproportionately harming minorities are illegal even if those harmed cannot prove they were victims of intentional discrimination. The Obama administration had feared the court might overturn that well established principle, which has guided federal enforcement of the 1968 Fair Housing Act for decades. Instead, by a 5-4, margin the court rightly reaffirmed it as an essential element in the struggle to make America a more...