The court’s ruling is a symbolic victory for conservatives as well as the libertarian movement, which has been in the news recently with the nomination of Rand Paul as the Republican Senatorial candidate from Kentucky. The son of prominent libertarian Ron Paul, the younger Paul came under fire from the media after expressing his belief that private institutions should be able to discriminate on the basis on race. In a 2007 Big Think interview, Virginia Postrel, former editor of Reason magazine, outlined the modern libertarian ethos.
Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination hearings also began today on Capitol Hill. The congressional hearings will try to determine her position on major issues like gun control, abortion, and executive power. Kagel has been nominated to replace Justice John Paul Stevens, one of the court’s most liberal members.