Same-Sex Marriage Could Be Overturned As Soon As Next Year
Justice Thomas said the quiet part out loud.
For the first time in its history, the Supreme Court revoked a previously established constitutional right when they voted 6-3 to overturn Roe v. Wade leaving abortion rights to individual states to decide.
While many people are upset about the court's majority opinion, it is a concurring opinion from Justice Clarence Thomas that has many LGBT Americans in fear. The basic right that allows for modern human rights like unregulated access to contraception, interracial dating, and same-sex marriage is based on a substantive due process right to privacy. In his opinion, Thomas stated that cases decided based on this principle, the same as Roe v. Wade should be reconsidered. Two of those cases deal with same-sex marriages and relationships.
Lawrence v. Texas (2003) is a landmark case, in which the Supreme Court of the United States, in a 6-3 decision, invalidated sodomy law across the United States, making same-sex sexual activity legal in every State and United States territory.
Obergefell v. Hodges, a more recent case may be more memorable, the 2015 case established the right of gay couples to marry.
If these cases are ultimately overturned by the high court, it will fall to local and state governments to determine the rights of individuals. It might be a good time to check on those who live in conservative states.
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