This week the Supreme Court had oral arguments in two cases dealing with the issue of gay marriage: Hollingsworth v. Perry, challenging California’s Proposition 8, and United States v. Windsor, challenging the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
During oral arguments in Windsor, Chief Justice Roberts quipped to counsel supporting constitutional recognition of same-sex marriage “You don’t doubt that the lobby supporting the enactment of same-sex-marriage laws in different states is politically powerful, do you? . . . As far as I can tell, political figures are falling over themselves to endorse your side of the case.”
The Chief Justice seems to think that the court need not act to protect the GLBT community because they are so powerful.
Why didn’t the same rationale apply in Citizens United, when Court struck down limitations on corporate political spending?
Apparently, the Chief Justice has no issue striking down laws that infringe the rights of the most wealth and powerful in our country.
But if you are gay, you clearly have so much power the Chief Justice is willing to leave your rights to the whims of the same political system that limited your rights in the first place.
Chief Justice Roberts, you don’t doubt that the lobby supporting the dissolution of corporate campaign spending laws is politically powerful, do you?