ADDED ON: 05/06/2022

Obergefell was central to the Court’s landmark ruling on gay marriage. Now he’s terrified

05/05/2022 | McClatchy DC

In his draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito tries to limit the blast radius of his ruling by writing that abortion is fundamentally different from other privacy matters — like contraception and marriage equality — that have historically challenged the court. “The abortion right,” Alito writes, is “critically different from any other right that this Court has held fall within the Fourteenth Amendment’s protection of ‘liberty.’ ” Overturning one, he says, would not necessarily undermine the others. Jim Obergefell doesn’t believe him. The plaintiff in the landmark 2015 case before the Supreme Court that established same-sex marriage as a constitutional right now says he is tired, disheartened and terrified of what may come after reading Alito’s sweeping rationale in the draft decision published Monday by Politico.


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