Before the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, Republicans repeatedly insisted that the 50-year precedent guaranteeing abortion rights was safe.
I don’t see that happening,” Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said in September 2020, ahead of the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
Now Republicans are again downplaying the threat to other rights established by the high court, including protections for contraception and same-sex marriage.
Thomas wrote that justices should specifically reconsider cases protecting contraception access and same-sex relationships, which also rest on the right to privacy.
Support for same-sex marriage has steadily increased over the past two decades, including among Republicans.
A handful of Senate Republicans are publicly supportive of same-sex marriage, including Rob Portman (Ohio), Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowksi (Alaska).
And 47 House Republicans voted to protect gay marriage on Tuesday, which suggests some of their counterparts in the Senate could follow suit. »