Since then, the highest federal court in the country has weighed-in on about a dozen other LGBT rights—related cases, which have had powerful impacts on the gay rights movement. SCOTUS's first gay rights case focused on the First Amendment—specifically, how the rights of free speech and press apply to homosexual content. In , Los Angeles' postmaster Otto Olesen ordered federal postal authorities to seize ONE , a homosexual magazine the nation's first , arguing that the magazine's content was "obscene. One, Inc. A lower court ruled in favor of the government and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with this ruling.
The Supreme Court Rulings That Have Shaped Gay Rights in America - HISTORY
The article aims to analyze the marriage equality in the United States, with a special focus at Obergefell v. Hodges case, in which the US Supreme Court held, in June , in a decision that is unconstitutional to forbid same-sex marriage. Furthermore, it analyzes the Supreme Court jurisprudence about some issues related to this discussion and the democratic movement in the states in favor of same-sex marriage in the years leading up to Obergefell. Lastly, it makes some modest observations about the case and the larger issue of gay marriage in the United States. On June 26, , as millions prepared to celebrate gay pride events in the United States and around the world, the Supreme Court of the United States announced its much-anticipated decision in Obergefell v. This article discusses the Obergefell decision and more broadly the underlying issue of same-sex marriage in the United States.
A Brief History of Civil Rights in the United States
Obergefell v. Hodges , U. The 5—4 ruling requires all fifty states , the District of Columbia , and the Insular Areas to perform and recognize the marriages of same-sex couples on the same terms and conditions as the marriages of opposite-sex couples, with all the accompanying rights and responsibilities. Between January and February , plaintiffs in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee filed federal district court cases that culminated in Obergefell v.
In the week since Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced his retirement , the future of Roe v. The prospect of a more conservative justice, though, has L.