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Roberts: ‘Political Figures Are Falling All Over Themselves to Endorse Your Side of the Case’


At today’s Supreme Court hearing on the Defense of Marriage Act, in the case of United States v. Windsor, Chief Justice John Roberts remarked on the sudden landslide of Democratic lawmakers announcing their support for same-sex marriage.

“As far as I can tell, political leaders are falling all over themselves to endorse your side of the case,” Roberts said in an exchange with Roberta Kaplan, the attorney representing Edie Windsor, who is challenging the constitutionality of DOMA. He posited that gays and lesbians may not need special protection from the Court given the “political effectiveness” of the advocacy groups working on their behalf. 

“No other group in recent history has been subjected to popular referenda to take away rights that have already been given or exclude those rights, the way gay people have,” Kaplan responded. “So I don’t think that the political power of gay people today could possibly be seen within that framework . . .”

Audio and a transcript of today’s hearing are available here


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