A draft opinion indicating that Supreme Court is willing to vote to reverse the decision was submitted. Roe v. Wade leaked on Monday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) warned that the conservative-dominated Court will go after gay marriage next as LGBTQ rights come under attack across the country.
The Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito drafted the draft opinion. criticizes Obergefell v. HodgesThe 2015 Supreme Court case that legalized homosexual marriage and the Lawrence v. Texas opinion of 2003, which legalized sex between gay couples – though gay people have continued to face prosecutionDespite this ruling. These decisions aren’t “deeply rooted in history,” Alito WriteIn the leaked draft opinion.
Ocasio Cortez suggested that federal changes could soon be in the works as anti-LGBTQ laws spread across the country and LGBTQ activists raised concerns about their rights being removed.
“As we’ve warned, SCOTUS isn’t just coming for abortion – they’re coming for the right to privacy Roe rests on, which includes gay marriage + civil rights,” she saidMonday “[Sen. Joe]Manchin is blocking Congress [from]Codifying Roe. House has apparently forgotten Clarence Thomas. These two points must change”.
House Democrats have passed legislationThis would effectively legalize abortion throughout the country, and stop states from implementing abortion bans like Texas’s restrictive lawThis was upheld by last year’s Supreme Court.
But Democrats don’t have the votes to pass the law in the Senate, nor do they have the votes to overturn the filibuster in order to pass the legislation through a simple majority vote. Progressive According to lawmakersManchin’s failure to be whipped in line with the rest has been a problem for the party, as well as the fact that the West Virginia senator was not able to whip Manchin. Is anti-choiceThis only makes the problem worse.
Ocasio-Cortez likewise called for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas To resign over his wife’s ties to the January 6 plot to overturn the certification of the 2020 election results. If Democrats don’t step up and vote to impeach Thomas, she said, there will be dire consequences for the party. Thomas is part of a conservative supermajority at the Court. A liberal justice could replace Thomas to help balance out far-right influence at the High Court.
According to the New York lawmaker, Democrats have a mandate for swift action to protect reproductive rights and civil liberties. “People elected Democrats precisely so we could lead in perilous moments like these– to codify Roe, hold corruption accountable, & have a President who uses his legal authority to break through Congressional gridlock,” Ocasio-Cortez continuedMonday
“If we don’t, what message does that send? We can’t sit around, finger point, & hand wring as people’s futures + equality are on the line,” she said. “It’s time to be decisive, lead with confidence, fight for a prosperous future for all and protect the vulnerable. Leave it all on the field.”
Marjorie Cohn, a law scholar, is one such example. WriteFor TruthoutDecember is the month of overruling RoeIt could only be a starting point to conservative justices trying to outlaw federal rights. “If the Supreme Court retracts the right to abortion, other rights not specifically enumerated in the Constitution are also in jeopardy, including the rights to contraception, homosexual conduct and same-sex marriage,” Cohn wrote.
LGBTQ rights at the state level are quickly being lost. Republicans have been almost synonymous with fascists, far-right, and the Republicans. filed nearly 200 bills in the first three months of this year clearly aimed at attacking trans and gay kids’ very right to exist and designed to restrict the teaching of LGBTQ-related topics in schools.
“If you are out here saying ‘marriage equality is next’ please do keep in mind that at least one state has made care for trans youth a felony right now and is currently in court defending that law,” wrote lawyer and trans activist Chase Strangio on Tuesday. “There is no ‘next’ – the horror is NOW.”