They may have been on opposite sides of the landmark same-sex marriage equality case, but Obergefell and Hodges are united against confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Read on for the full story.
Obergefell & Hodges -Opponents in Same-Sex Marriage Equality Case- Join Together to Oppose Barrett’s Confirmation
Back in 2015, Obergefell and Hodges stood on different sides of the Supreme Court during the landmark case that would eventually make same-sex marriage rights the law of the land. Hodges- head of the Ohio Department of Public Health- was the main defendant. While most people aren’t exactly thrilled to lose such a major case, Hodges was different. He personally supported marriage equality and actually said he hoped his side would lose.
After the end of the case, Obergefell and Hodges became good friends. Now, they’re standing united against Trump’s ultra-conservative right-wing choice for the notorious RBG’s replacement. The duo gave a virtual press conference yesterday organized by Family Equality. The Zoom conference isn’t yet available to the public. However, it also included senators from Washington state and Oregon. The statement for the conference read:
“Barrett’s nomination sparked concerns about the rightward tilt of the court and its impact on LGBT+ people — specifically as it relates to full marriage equality, with all of its attendant rights and responsibilities, which a majority of Americans support, the employment nondiscrimination protections precedent set in Bostock, and the Affordable Care Act.”
Obergefell & Hodges Aren’t Alone in Their Concerns Over Barrett
Obergefell & Hodges are hardly alone in their worries about what would happen to marriage equality should Barrett become the next Supreme Court Justice. Numerous other political figures and LGBTQ activists have spoken out as well.
Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris shared her worries during Barrett’s confirmation hearing, saying that Barrett could undo RBG’s entire legacy of equality and throw all of the hard-won rights into jeopardy. Pete Buttigieg has also been very vocal, sharing fears that his own marriage could be in danger if Barrett is confirmed.
Would Barrett vote to overturn same-sex marriage equality?
Would Barrett vote to overturn same-sex marriage equality? Well, she’s not telling. Barrett flat-out refuses to answer any of the questions regarding whether she would uphold the rights of the LGBTQ community. However, she’s part of a church that vehemently opposes same-sex marriage. Allegedly, that same church also demands that women run any and every decision by their husbands first. So, perhaps the better question is whether Barrett’s husband would vote to uphold same-sex marriage.
Barrett also seems to idolize former Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, who opposed LGBTQ+ rights full-stop throughout his entire career. Barrett also has strong ties to Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-LGBTQ hate group, according to Southern Poverty Law Center.
Given all of the above, it’s no wonder LGBTQ activists & allies are concerned. The fact that two men who stood on opposite sides of the courtroom in the case that finally made same-sex marriage legal are now standing together against Barrett is very telling.