On February 27, 2013, Congressman Al Green released the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court review of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in Shelby County v. Holder.
"This is more than a matter of race, it's a threat which strikes at the core of our democracy. The Voting Rights Act is absolutely necessary for the preservation of every citizen's right to have their voice heard unimpeded. This challenge to the Voting Rights Act endangers the progress made since 1965, and threatens the important legacy of the Civil Rights and Human Rights Movements.
"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us that: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.' Today our Supreme Court can make real this great and noble ideal by upholding the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and thereby bend the arc of the moral universe toward the justice of a more perfect Union, as proclaimed in our Constitution."