If I were to say I liked Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, I would be a liar. In fact, since he was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2005, I think the Supreme Court has become more conservative than it should be.
This week the Supreme Court will hear two arguments on DOMA, or as most of us known it, the Defense of Marriage Act, which will impact LGBT citizens all over the country. In 1996 it was signed into law, and basically states that under federal law no state has to recognize a same-sex union from another state. In recent years, several sections of DOMA have been found to be unconstitutional.
The Obama Administration announced in 2011 that it would no longer defend DOMA. Now, one can only hope the Supreme Court does the right thing for all of our citizens, not just those who love someone of the opposite sex.
While Justice Roberts will be sitting on the bench, his cousin Jean Podrasky will be attending the hearings. The Huffington Post describes Jean:
Podrasky has a keen interest in seeing California’s voter-passed ban on same-sex marriage overturned. The 48-year-old lesbian wants to marry Grace Fasano, her partner of four years. The couple lives in San Francisco.
Will this cause a conflict for the Chief Justice who is typically a conservative? Will he be able to rule without bias over his own family member, knowing she in fact wants California’s ban on same-sex marriage repealed so she can marry her partner?
I personally am interested in seeing how this cookie crumbles, not just for her, but for LGBT all over the country, including my own cousin who lives in California with her partner. I hope some day they can have the same rights as the rest of us, despite their sexual orientation. Denying people their fundamental rights because of who they love is a step backwards for America. Right into the dark ages.
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