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Another Sign Supreme Court Will Rule For Same-Sex Marriage

June 17, 2015

Everyone is seeking a better feel for the all-important rulings expected in just days from the Supreme Court.  One of the most important deals with same-sex marriage.  Reporters are combing the words from the justices, and looking for a larger meaning.

Justice Ginsburg was back at the American Constitution Society on Saturday, and this time she spoke at length about the progress of the gay rights movement. Things had begun to change quickly, she said, as gay men and lesbians came out of the closet.

“People looked around,” she said, “and it was my next-door neighbor, of whom I was very fond, my child’s best friend, even my child.”

“They are people we know and we love and we respect, and they are part of us,” she added. “Discrimination began to break down very rapidly once they no longer hid in a corner or in a closet.”

“The climate of the era,” she said, is “part of the explanation of why the gay rights movement has advanced to where it is today.”

Justice Ginsburg did not directly address the pending same-sex marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges, No.14-556. But hers were not the words of a woman whose court was about to deal the gay rights movement a devastating setback when it issues its decision in the coming weeks on whether there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.  

The court’s more conservative justices seem to be bracing for a loss. In a February dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justice Antonin Scalia, said the court’s failure to halt same-sex marriages in Alabama “may well be seen as a signal of the court’s intended resolution of that question.”

One Comment
  1. Solly permalink
    June 18, 2015 11:33 AM

    There was an excellent documentary on WI Public Television last night about a couple who started the fight in 1975! The WPT description: “Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple fell in love and took on the U.S. government to fight for marriage and immigration equality. Limited Partnership chronicles the 40-year love story between Filipino American Richard Adams and his Australian husband, Tony Sullivan, who in 1975 became one of the world’s first same-sex couples to be legally married.” It’s available to watch on WPT until July 15 at:

    Note the language in the official letter from INS refusing to recognize their marriage.

    Let’s hope that the Supremes make this part of our past,

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