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Supreme Court asked to scale back landmark fair housing law
Supreme Court asked to scale back landmark fair housing law

The Supreme Court signaled Wednesday it may be about to chip away at  another 1960s-era civil rights law. At issue is the Fair Housing Act of 1968, passed a week after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. The law makes it illegal to refuse to rent or sell housing units based on race. In the decades since Congress passed the landmark legislation, the government and most judges have concluded that it forbids not just blatant racial bias, but also sales or lending policies that have a discriminatory effect on blacks and Latinos, even when there is no proof of overt bias. The Obama administration, for example, has aggressively used the law to sue banks and force large...

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