Monday, July 17, 2017
Arkansas gay rights case triggers debate on Chief Justice Roberts
By Max Brantley
on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 6:49 AM
Did Chief Justice John Roberts endorse the unsigned U.S. Supreme Court decision that held Arkansas was treating same-sex parents unconstitutionally in issuing birth certificates?
It’s become a subject of legal debate because Roberts was an outspoken foe of the original same-sex marriage decision and the Arkansas case could be viewed as a ratification of the broad sweep of that ruling. Has Roberts decided to support the precedent he once opposed?
The Washington Post has all the varying opinions on the topic. The good news remains that justice came to same-sex couples in Arkansas over the wishes of at least three Supreme Court dissenters and the state of Arkansas, which gave presumptive parent status to opposite-sex couples but not same-sex couples in issuing birth certificates.
The question could be important in future cases.
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