The man whose landmark US Supreme Court case led to the legalization of gay marriage in the United States said the court’s majority opinion on Roe v Wade “scares the hell out of me” as it raises fears that rights LGBT+ may be overridden below.
Jim Obergefell issued a statement Tuesday warning that the most basic human rights are now “under siege” following Monday night’s leak of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion.
“The extreme US Supreme Court should not overturn decades of established law and deny pregnant people the most basic human rights to health to make their own decisions about their lives and their bodies,” he said.
“The sad part is … that five or six people will determine the law of the land and go against the vast majority of Americans who overwhelmingly support a person’s right to make their own health care decisions and a partner’s right to get married
“This is a sad day, but it is not over. We have fought the good fight for too long to now be denied our rights.”
Mr Obergefell said CNN that while the rollback on abortion rights marks “a dark day for women in our nation,” she also fears it means “marriage equality is next” to potentially be eliminated.
“It scares the hell out of me,” he said.
Mr. Obergefell said that if the protections offered by the 14th Amendment’s right to privacy come under attack, this could extend beyond reproductive rights and access to abortion.
“Many of the rights that we enjoy, especially the LGBTQ+ community, are based on rights not enumerated under the 14th Amendment: the right to privacy,” he said.
“If the Constitution does not specifically describe, in writing, that right to privacy, then all of those rights that have been asserted for us that are based on the right to privacy under the 14th Amendment are at risk.”
The draft majority opinion, obtained by politician and upheld as authentic by the court on Tuesday, revealed that the nation’s highest court had decided to overturn the landmark Roe v Wade ruling that gives Americans the constitutional right to have an abortion.