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Cathedral dean: Voting Rights Act ruling a ‘filthy enactment’

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The dean of the Washington National Cathedral on Sunday criticized the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act as a "filthy enactment" and asked parishioners to work together to reverse the decision.

"We are a public church and public churches cannot be neutral where issues of justice are at stake," the Rev. Gary Hall said to the audience gathered at the Northwest church.

In a 5-4 ruling last week, the justices said the Voting Rights Act’s requirement that mainly Southern states must undergo special scrutiny before changing their voting laws is based on a 40-year-old formula that is no longer relevant to changing racial circumstances.

The ruling came a day before the justices also ruled that the federal government could not discriminate against same-sex couples and cleared the way for California to resume handing out marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

"As we exult in the joy of victories for our lesbian and gay brothers and sisters, we must also weep with the pains and losses of our brother sand sisters of color," Mr. Hall said. "Racism is an insidious disease from which none of us — no matter now good our intentions — will ever entirely recover."

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