In the wake of Roe v Wade being overturned, many are concerned that we’ve only seen the beginning. The country has been split about the decision to reverse the decision to make abortions federally legal.
Prochoice advocates are calling the ruling an affront to women’s rights. Pro-life advocates are celebrating the return ruling to the state level where bills may be easier to pass. Now, it looks like gay marriage rights could follow suit and be stripped away.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz said he thought the Supreme Court “overreached” when ruling on the landmark Obergefell v Hodges case. That ruling made gay marriage federally legal and was considered a huge step forward for LGBTQIA+ and human rights.
A Court Ruling Could Revoke Gay Marriage Rights
Now that the primarily conservative Supreme Court has the upper hand, it seems like there is a clear possibility that many of these more progressive laws may be reversed.
“Obergefell, like Roe v. Wade, ignored two centuries of our nation’s history,” Cruz said. “Marriage was always an issue that was left to the states. We saw states before Obergefell, some states were moving to allow gay marriage, other states were moving to allow civil partnerships…
“The way the Constitution set up for you to advance that position is convince your fellow citizens, that if you succeeded in convincing your fellow citizens, then your state would change the laws to reflect those views. In Obergefell, the court said, ‘No, we know better than you guys do, and now every state must, must sanction and permit gay marriage.’
“I think that decision was clearly wrong when it was decided,” Cruz added. ‘It was the court overreaching.”
Senator Cruz’s comments come after a sweeping opinion issued by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas last month.
Justice Samuel Alito Wrote A Similar Opinion Prior To Overturning Roe v Wade
After Roe v Wade was overturned, Thomas wrote he believes the United States should consider the same with same-sex marriage. He added similar feelings to same-sex relationships, and universal access to contraceptives. He also wrote that the court should consider allowing sodomy bans again.
“We have a duty to ‘correct the error’ established in those precedents,” Thomas wrote.