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posted Friday, September 19 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 38
Watch the Sixth Circuit, Justice Ginsburg says
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Watch the Sixth Circuit, Justice Ginsburg says

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the U.S. Supreme Court will likely take one or more marriage cases if the Sixth Circuit Court overturns lower court rulings striking down state bans on same-sex marriage.

In a September 16 speech at the University of Minnesota Law School, Ginsburg said 'there will be some urgency' for the Supreme Court to rule on the issue of same-sex marriage if the Sixth Circuit bucks the trend in federal court decisions and upholds bans on Gay and Lesbian marriages.

The Supreme Court has already announced that it will look at all pending marriage cases in its September 29 conference, the first after the justices return to work from their summer vacations. The court is not obligated to hear any of them, however, and Ginsburg's remarks seem to indicate that she, at least, would not feel a pressing need to intervene in the marriage issue unless lower courts disagree.

In a July interview with Katie Couric, Ginsburg predicted that the high court would return to the issue of same-sex marriage 'sooner or later,' but declined to say when.

'The court took the first step in DOMA [United States v. Windsor],' Ginsburg noted.

'There will be other cases to come before the court. If not in the new term, then in the term after, or the one after that. Sooner or later the court will answer that question. And of course I can't predict how the court will decide an issue that may come before it.'

In her Minnesota speech Ginsburg noted what she called a 'remarkable' shift in public opinion toward same-sex marriage. The fact that more LGBT Americans are out, and openly talking about their relationships, Ginsburg said, made the difference.

'Having people close to us who say who they are - that made the attitude change in this country,' the justice said.

Ginsburg, who likes to refer to herself as 'Notorious RBG,' was one of the majority of five justices in Windsor who ruled that DOMA violated the equal protection and due process clause of the Fifth Amendment. Subsequent federal court decisions have relied on the Fourteenth Amendment to strike down state bans on same-sex marriage, so the five-justice majority in Windsor may not hold if the justices take cases focusing on state laws.

The Fifth Amendment says what the federal government may and may not do, while the Fourteenth Amendment says that states may not do the same things the federal government may not do.

Justice Kennedy, who wrote the majority decision in Windsor, is known for his commitment to federalism - the idea that states should be free to enact laws that seem suitable to their own citizens.

Meanwhile, Justice Clarence Thomas, one of the four who voted to uphold DOMA, told an audience at the University of Texas that he believed in a strictly literal interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. He was 'not into creative writing,' Thomas scoffed.

Thomas and Scalia, the court's most conservative justices, are known to oppose broad application of the Fourteenth Amendment, and are almost certain to say that federal judges have misapplied it in ruling for marriage equality.

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