Finally Fair? SCOTUS Upholds Housing Discrimination Law

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DALLAS -- The Supremes had a busy morning in our nation's capital Thursday. Along with the Obamacare decision, the Justices ruled on  a case that could have put the Fair Housing Act in jeopardy. It's been on the books since the late 60s to help eliminate intentional discrimination when it comes to housing.

It landed in the Supreme Court after a Dallas non-profit that promotes fair housing practices sued the State of Texas back in 2008.

In the lawsuit, the Inclusive Communities Project claimed developers were awarded lucrative tax credits to build low-income housing, mainly in low-income minority neighborhoods and that was encouraging segregation.

Over the years, almost $10 billion in tax credits was awarded. The Supremes handed down a very close 5-4 decision which civil rights groups are declaring a huge victory.

“I’m just very, very happy about this today,” said Juanita Wallace, former NAACP President. “We got to understand the scope of discrimination has been widened as opposed to being narrowed.”

So, you can check off Obamacare and Fair Housing. The next item on the Supremes' list is same-sex marriage and folks on both sides are waiting to see where the gavel will fall on that one.