Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday became the latest Republican to echo the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges, speaking in part of his video “The Cloakroom” of conservative political commentator Liz Wheeler that the sentence was “clearly wrong.”
Why it matters: The Supreme Court’s recent overturning of Roe v. Wade has led many Democrats and activists to warn that other legal advances such as contraception and gay marriage may be overturned.
What they say: “Obergefell, like Roe v. Wade, ignores two centuries of our nation’s history. Marriage has always been an issue left to the states,” Cruz said.
In terms of being overturned, Cruz said he agrees with the Supreme Court’s proposition that Roe v. Wade is “qualitatively different” from other examples because it dealt with “taking human life.”
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) told reporters in May that he also believes Obergefell was “wrongly decided” but said he believes “the law is set” and he “will be fine” if it is overturned. , Business. Insider said.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) earlier this year went so far as to say that Obergefell created rights “not even mentioned in the Constitution” and therefore called the court’s “independence and legitimacy … into question,” MSNBC.
State of play: Some Republicans, like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), sought to downplay the possibility of the Supreme Court reviewing other precedents after overturning Roe.
The big picture: According to a Gallup poll released last month, a record 71% of Americans say they support same-sex legal marriage.