The Supreme Court Opens Its New Term: Cases to Watch

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The past two Supreme Court terms were, without a doubt, some of the most exciting in U.S. history. In the 2012 term, decided this spring, the court issued a landmark ruling striking down a key portion of the Defense of Marriage Act, which effectively meant that same-sex marriages would now be recognized on a national level. The year before, the court had to rule on the constitutionality of Obamacare ahead of the 2012 election.

None of the cases the Supreme Court has agreed to hear thus far this term might seem quite so major, but they're exciting nonetheless. (SCOTUS began the term Monday, after all, by throwing out Virginia's attempt at an anti-sodomy law.) From abortion to affirmative action, check out five of the most interesting cases for the term.

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