Magazine July 20, 2015, Issue

Washington Takes On the Zoning Board

The administrative usurpation of housing policy

Nearly lost in the uproar over end-of-term rulings on Obamacare and same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court’s surprise decision in a “disparate impact” housing case may soon be seen as being every bit as consequential as the term’s major newsmakers. The Court’s 5–4 ruling in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project has green-lighted one of the Obama administration’s most transformative and controversial initiatives, and probably injected a major new issue into the 2016 presidential campaign.

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibits intentional discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin.

Stanley Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Take It Down

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After Obergefell

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Features

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The Long Shot

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Books, Arts & Manners

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Trail of Tears

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City Desk

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Sections

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Poetry

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Happy Warrior

Romantic Comity

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Letters

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The Week

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Athwart

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Education

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Education

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The Arson Party

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Law & the Courts

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