Right out the gate, liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg interrupted famed gay-rights lawyer Mary Bonauto, who was arguing the case for the same-sex couples who want to get married. Ginsburg's question may have been intended merely to get the issue out early and preclude more aggressive questioning from conservative colleagues, but it took many in the courtroom by surprise. Eventually, the justices returned to expected form, and court-watchers had their eyes most closely on another justice -- Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy has written the decisions in many recent gay-rights cases, including the Windsor case that struck down the federal ban on recognizing legal gay marriages from the states. Many have portrayed the gay marriage case as a choice Kennedy must make between his belief in the rights of gay people and his belief in the rights of states.
Gay Marriage Still Doesn't Exist, No Matter What the Supreme Court Says
Gay Marriage Still Doesn't Exist, No Matter What the Supreme Court Says - TheBlaze
T he United States has witnessed a remarkable shift in LGBTQ rights and visibility in the 50 years since the Stonewall uprising — and in just the last few years, LGBTQ people have won the right to marry, have hit a record high in representation on television and have seen the first openly gay major presidential candidate begin his campaign. And just as advocates fought their battle American culture, they also did so in the courts, including the U. Supreme Court. Over the last half a century, the court first denied and then affirmed that LGBTQ people have the right to consensual sex, and then the right to marry whom they choose. The first case will consider the dismissals of a county government employee and a skydiving instructor, who were fired for being gay. The second case will consider the case of a funeral home director, who was fired after coming out as transgender.
Landmark: Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Legal Nationwide
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Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the plaintiffs asked "for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. Same-sex couples in several affected states including Georgia, Michigan, Ohio and Texas rushed to wed on Friday.