Saturday, January 28

Gay marriage under threat after Supreme Court ends Roe

The US Supreme Court ruling to strike down Roe v. Wade could have ripple effects down the road for cases dealing with same-sex marriage and contraception, including one bearing the name of an Ohio gay rights advocate.

The court ruled Friday that there’s no constitutional right to abortion access, sending the procedure back to states to regulate. The previous precedent was grounded in the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of due process, which also serves as the foundation of the landmark gay marriage ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

That case was named for lead plaintiff Jim Obergefell, a longtime Cincinnati resident who is currently Running for the Ohio House.

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In his concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas said Friday’s decision doesn’t affect other rights beyond access to abortion. But he suggested the court reconsider Obergefell’s precedent in the future, along with cases that overturned sodomy laws and established the right for married people to obtain contraception.

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