Not Getting Too Far Out in Front: The Supreme Court Decisions on Same-Sex Marriage

4 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2013

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Paul Croushore

Kaplan University Department of Legal Studies; Northern Kentucky University; University of Phoenix

Date Written: November 25, 2013

Abstract

The country waited for the Supreme Court to issues its rulings on two same-sex marriage cases this past summer. Some expected the Court to declare same-sex marriage to be a fundamental right, while others prayed that it would support the sanctity of one-man, one-woman marriage as the sole marital relationship, and others were ambivalent. The decisions disappointed many people by being very limited rulings. This paper offers an explanation of the Court's ruling.

Keywords: United States Supreme Court, same-sex marriage, stare decisis, Brown v. Board of Education, Loving v. Virginia, Roe v. Wade, Hollingsworth v. Perry, Proposition 8, California Supreme Court, United States v. Windsor, Defense of Marriage Act, 1 U.S.C. § 7

JEL Classification: J12, K36, K49

Suggested Citation

Croushore, Paul, Not Getting Too Far Out in Front: The Supreme Court Decisions on Same-Sex Marriage (November 25, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2359551 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2359551

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