These Supreme Court Justice Quotes On Gay Marriage Might Predict How They'll Vote This Summer, & The Results Are ...
Within the next few weeks, we should have an answer about whether same-sex couples can finally get married in every state of the union. The Supreme Court is due to cast its final word about marriage equality this summer, but it is difficult to tell what the verdict will finally be and how each justice will vote on gay marriage. Luckily, the justices' individual opinions from previous cases are still available through the Supreme Court.
However, a justice's past record is not always an indicator of how he or she will vote in the future. The court has been involved in hearing for months on this issue, and one of the many persuasive attorneys could have made a difference. Justices' personal politics are not always relevant either. Judges might be personally for gay marriage but do not believe in the Supreme Court's power to make such a call.
Some of the current justices have a record of being extremely secretive on future rulings and wanting to remain independent from their personal beliefs. While justices such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg are famous for expressing their opinions clearly, others are closed off about how they might rule. Clarence Thomas is literally quiet and has gone years before without speaking out loud in a court argument, according to The New York Times.
All that's truly before the public are hints. While speculation abounds, here are quotes from each of the Supreme Court justices on gay marriage:
In Hollingsworth v. Perry, California's gay marriage ban came into question, but the Supreme Court dismissed the case in a 5-4 ruling because the court did not have the authority to rule on this issue, according to the SCOTUSblog. Chief Justice Roberts said in his majority opinion:
Justice Scalia wrote the dissenting opinion in United States v. Windsor 2013 case that ended the Defense of Marriage Act, which allowed states to decline to recognize same-sex marriages granted in other states, according to Time. He did not believe that the court had the authority to make the gay marriage call, similar to the argument Roberts made.
Justice Alito compared same-sex marriage to polygamous marriage. He asked the question of how the Supreme Court could deny legalizing polygamous marriage if it legalized gay marriage.
According to The New York Times, Justice Sotomayor asked the same question that seemingly every educated person has been wondering:
Justice Kennedy wrote this statement in the United States v. Windsor case. He argued for gay marriage, which hints to a pro-equality vote from him this summer.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The traditionally liberal justice and social media meme star argued with opponents of same-sex marriage at an April hearing, according to The Guardian. Ginsburg continuously proves that she's always the smartest person in the room.
Justice Kagan responded to an argument that same-sex marriage should not be legal because the couple cannot procreate, according to Business Insider. Not only did Kagan vote against the Defense of Marriage Act, she even officiated a gay wedding, according to The Huffington Post.
Thomas twisted legal brains with his statement in a dissent on a case that allowed gay marriages to proceed in Alabama. His words imply that the justices have already made up their minds and that gay marriage will be legalized:
Breyer has not written a separate opinion on gay marriage, but he did say, according to The New York Times:
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