President Donald Trump greets Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as he arrives to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. | Leah Millis, Associated Press

Justices are often sorted into conservative and liberal factions, but those labels don’t mean the same thing on the court as they do in the real world.

SALT LAKE CITY — During election season, candidates often act as if they can predict the future, especially when it comes to the Supreme Court. But recent rulings on abortion and LGBTQ rights serve as a reminder that surprises are guaranteed.

In each decision, at least one justice appointed by a Republican president joined with the court’s four most liberal members to deal a blow to conservative interests.

Chief Justice John Roberts’ concurring opinion in the abortion rights case Monday enabled controversial restrictions on abortion providers to be overturned. And Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion extending employment nondiscrimination protections to gay and transgender workers, which Roberts also joined.

In the wake of these rulings, many of President Donald Trump’s most …read more

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