Landmark Court Case Study

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Landmark Court Case in the United States

Obergefell V. Hodges

What year was this case? (2 points)

Argued April 28, 2015 - Decided June 26, 2015

Who made up the U.S. Supreme Court that heard this case and what was their political standing (i.e. conservative, liberal, swing vote?) (5 points)

1. (Chief Justice) John Roberts- Conservative

2. Clarence Thomas- Conservative

3. Antonin Scalia- Conservative

4. Anthony Kennedy- Swing, not really conservative or liberal but in the middle

5. Ruth Ginsberg- Liberal

6. Sonia Sotomayor- Liberal

7. Stephen Breyer- Liberal (Swing)

8. Samuel Alito- Conservative

9. Elena Kagan- Liberal

What Amendment was in question in this case and what does that Amendment say? (5 points) It was the
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To start with, the court made the right decisions in terms of the constitution and the rights that are guaranteed. This decision has allowed people to be with who they want to be with, and act in the way they want to act. The choice to marry is a very personal choice, and I personally enjoy being able to make that choice for myself, and others should be able to experience this as well. God gave us free will, and while my choices may be different, we were given the right to choose. Rights should not be taken away because they don’t choose what you would. So this affects people that I may know or know in the future by allowing them to feel more accepted and loved by society, by offering them the freedom to choose, and my upholding the constitutional rights that are founding fathers intended for …show more content…
He also stated that there had been no prior decision to change what marriage was. There was knw precedent set to justify the changes made. He believed that the history of marriage has always consisted of one man and one woman and this was the universal definition. He said the intended purpose of marriage is successful childbearing. He also said that the majority opinion will lead to consequences for religious liberties.
Justice Scalia states that the decision takes away people's liberty to govern themselves. She said that the democratic process was not respected and had been “halted”. She also said that because a same sex marriage law would not have been banned when the fourteenth amendment was adopted, that the bans are not unconstitutional today. She also attacked the majority opinion due to the lack of law it

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