The Rollback on Same-Sex MarriageOn October 28, 2020 by Hannah Humphreys
On June 26, 2015, the case of Obergefell v. Hodges was decided in the supreme court and same-sex marriage was legalized. This case allowed for many members of the LGBTQ community to marry and legally establish their love for each other, as well as receive the benefits of being married legally, such as like tax deductions, etc. This law is now in jeopardy due to the chance that Catholic justice, Amy Coney Barrett will be inducted into the Supreme Court to take the place of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. President Donald Trump has already voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage. He has put in many polices, such as removing nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people when it comes to health care and health insurance, that directly target the LGBTQ community. Though he voiced in his campaign for President in 2016 that he was in support of the LGBTQ community, he continuously goes against his word. Vice President Mike Pence has also publicly voiced his support for conversion therapy that he claims helped him “suppress some urges”. All of that said, it is clear that the Trump administration is against same-sex marriage. Thus, there is no surprise that Trump is pushing to have Amy Coney Barrett replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Though Amy Coney Barrett has not explicitly stated her stance on same-sex marriage there is speculation that she would vote against it if the case should arise in the Supreme Court. She worked as a board member of Trinity Schools Inc., a religious private school that openly does not support the LGBTQ community, so much so that the school made it known that gay/lesbian teachers were not welcome in the classroom. She is also known to be religious herself, but has stated that “her religion will not dictate her rulings”.
Until there is a hearing on same sex marriage, we will not know Amy Coney Barrett’s stance on it. Although there has not been a hearing yet, there is bound to be one soon, considering that many states have been restricting the rights of people in the LGBTQ community. In Texas, the board of social workers have publicly announced their unanimous vote to remove disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity from the nondiscrimination clause of its code of conduct. This has sparked outrage and a call for a reversal. This is only one example of many states trying to take away the rights and protections for LGBTQ people. Though the repeal of same-sex marriage is mostly speculation, there is still fear among same-sex couples as to what the fate of their marriage is. If same-sex marriage were to get reversed, according to the 2019 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement, 543,000 same-sex couples’ marriage would be invalidated.