Justice Thomas says Supreme Court should now consider overturning gay marriages after overturning Roe v. Wade

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Justice Thomas says Supreme Court should now consider overturning gay marriages after overturning Roe v. Wade

  • Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said landmark high court rulings that established gay rights and contraception rights should be reconsidered now that the federal right to abortion has been revoked.
  • Thomas wrote that those rulings “were demonstrably erroneous decisions.”
  • The cases he cited are Griswold vs. Connecticut, in which the Supreme Court said married couples have the right to obtain contraceptives; Lawerence v. Texas, which established the right to engage in private se,xual acts; and Obergefell v. Hodges, which said there is a right to same-se,x marriage.
  • The Supreme Court tossed out Roe v. Wade, which established abortion as a constitutional right.

Justice Thomas says Supreme Court should now consider overturning gay marriages after overturning Roe v. Wade

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has argued that the Supreme Court “should reconsider” laws protecting gay marriage and contraception after Roe v. Wade was overturned.

Following Friday’s landmark decision that revoked Americans’ constitutional rights to abortion, Thomas called on his fellow Judges to overturn previous rulings that followed similar legal precedents, such as rights to contraception access, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage.

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The 74-year-old justice, an appointee of President George H.W. Bush,  argued that since the Constitution’s Due Process Clause was found not to secure a right to an abortion in Friday’s ruling, the court should apply that same logic to other landmark cases.

He cited three in particular – including 1965’s Griswold v. Connecticut, which allowed for married couples to buy and use contraception, and 2015’s Obergefell v. Hodges, which allowed same-sex couples to legally marry.

“In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell,” he wrote.

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Justice Thomas says Supreme Court should now consider overturning gay marriages after overturning Roe v. Wade

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