SCOTUS judgment on same-sex marriage was “clearly wrong”

Senator Ted Cruz argued that the US Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage was “clearly wrong” – while debating the possibility of reversing it.

“Look, Obergefell, as Roe v. Wade, ignoring two centuries of our nation’s history,” the Texas Republican said on his show Verdict With Ted Cruz on Saturday. “Marriage has always been an issue left to the states.”

Cruz referred to Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark decision that guaranteed the right to same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015.

Before the Supreme Court made that decision, “some states were moving to allow same-sex marriage, other states were moving to allow civil partnerships,” Cruz said. “These were different standards that the states adopted.”

The senator’s comments followed the dismissal of the Roe v. Wade through the Supreme Court in late June, a ruling that upheld a Mississippi statute that banned the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy — leaving the matter to each of the 50 states.

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Cruz said on his show Judge with Ted Cruz that the decision to legalize gay marriage was “overkill.”
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Pride flags fly in front of the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court recently ruled Roe v. Wade and will probably be the next Obergefell v. Having Hodges on his chopping block.
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Judge Clarence Thomas said he agreed with the decision to reverse Roe and asked the court to reconsider and potentially overturn decisions protecting gay marriage and access to birth control.

“In future cases, we should consider all of this court’s significant due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence and Obergefell,” he wrote.

Thomas referred to a 1965 judgment, Griswold v. Connecticut, which allowed married couples access to birth control, and a 2003 ruling, Lawrence v. Texas that banned states from banning consensual gay sex.

However, Judge Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion on Roe’s ouster that “we emphasize that our decision affects the constitutional right to abortion and no other right.”

Judge Brett Kavanaugh added, “Nothing in this opinion should be construed as challenging any precedent that does not relate to abortion.”

Still, Cruz said the decision to legalize gay marriage was “overkill and was clearly wrong when it was decided.”

“The court said, ‘No, we know better than you do, and now every state needs to sanction and allow gay marriage.'” SCOTUS judgment on same-sex marriage was “clearly wrong”


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