Obergefell And Hodges Unite To Oppose SCOTUS Nominee Amy Coney Barrett
Both the named plaintiff and defendant in Obergefell v. Hodges — the Supreme Court case that in 2015 granted marriage equality to same-sex couples — are opposing Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.
- According to a release posted to Twitter by Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern, Jim Obergefell and Rick Hodges are joining Family Equality in opposing Barrett’s nomination amid “concerns about the rightward tilt of the Court.”
- The release cited specific concerns over the impact on the LGBTQ+ community, specifically as it relates to full marriage equality, with all of its attendant rights and responsibilities, which a majority of Americans support, the employment nondiscrimination protections set in Bostock, and the Affordable Care Act.”
- However, as Joe Patrice noted on the website Above the Law, this news is not surprising, given that Obergefell and Hodges are actually on the same side of the issue.
After the opinion shifted the spotlight off the key players, Hodges and Obergefell became friends. Hodges actually supported marriage equality all along and only landed on this caption because he served as director of the Ohio Department of Health which was barred by the Ohio constitution from recognizing same-sex marriages. Still, there’s no denying the symbolic value of a Republican politician who once held the job of denying rights to same-sex couples speaking out about the threat of confirming Barrett.