January 21 will mark the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, one of the worst and most damaging decisions in the court's history.
How Chief Justice Roberts and Four Supreme Court Colleagues Gave the Nation a System of Legalized Bribery
The Supreme Court began its fall term this week. This seems like a good time to pause for a moment and revisit how decisions by Chief Justice John Roberts and four of his Supreme Court colleagues during the past five years have given the nation a system of legalized bribery.
So, if inherent in the ruling is the underlying acceptance that everyone is equal under the law and that our relationships are legit, therefore there is no reason to hide our relationships or enable others to hide: This is the "new" gay-positive/post-bigoted America: The court has basically said so.
In celebration of Obergefell v. Hodge we went out for drinks at Legal Sea Foods in Harvard Square. While enjoying the evening summer breeze, my spouse said we could have this experience all year if we moved to a milder climate. I snapped back and said, "I ain't moving to Georgia!" And that's what marriage equality looks like.
June is the anniversary of the ruling that overturned the federal marriage ban and the ruling that ended the criminalization of homosexuality. All of these cases were written by Justice Anthony Kennedy.
The United States Supreme Court has traditionally been a staunch opponent of international theory. It doesn't help that there's also a strident political opposition to using foreign norms in American law.
We can surely say now that we've entered an era of definitively more accepting attitudes with respect to gay rights. Each victory won, such as the recent referendum in Ireland, seems simultaneously a harbinger for yet another somewhere else.