On Friday, the U. Supreme Court delivered a monumental victory for gay rights, requiring that all states license marriages between people of the same sex. That decision was in many ways the culmination of a striking shift on the court, one that paralleled the huge turn in public opinion on the issue. As recently as , for example, the court found no constitutional protection against laws banning consensual homosexual sex. Here is a brief history of gay-rights decisions at the court.
9 Landmark Supreme Court Cases That Shaped LGBTQ Rights in America
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Nina Totenberg. The Supreme Court justices, pictured in November , start a new term on Monday. The Supreme Court may be eager to portray itself as an apolitical institution. But this term, political questions writ large are knocking at the high court door. The upcoming term will almost surely be a march to the right on almost every issue that is a flashpoint in American society. Among them: abortion, guns, gay rights, the separation of church and state, immigration and presidential power. Also headed to the court are cases testing the power of Congress to get information from the executive branch and elsewhere, information that is relevant to congressional oversight and potentially, to impeachment.
The Supreme Court Rulings That Have Shaped Gay Rights in America
The gay panic defense is a legal strategy in which a defendant claims they acted in a state of violent, temporary insanity , committing assault or murder , because of unwanted same-sex sexual advances. The trans panic defense is a closely related legal strategy applied in cases of assault, manslaughter, or murder of a transgender individual with whom the assailant s had engaged in sexual relations unaware that the victim is transgender,    producing in the attacker an alleged trans panic reaction, often a manifestation of homophobia and transphobia. The gay panic defense grew out of a combination of legal defenses from the mid-nineteenth century and a mental disorder described in the early twentieth.
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on December 5 in a case that could draw the line between free speech and discrimination. Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. Colorado Civil Rights Commission is, of course, not the first time the Ccourt has decided on LGBT rights, and glancing into the past could give us a peek into future rulings.