Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that resulted in marriage equality becoming legal in all 50 states, is voicing his concern that the high court could overturn that ruling.
This is not the first time he has sounded the alarm, having expressed anxiety when Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. But now those fears are even more present, with Justice Brett Kavanaugh joining the Supreme Court, and the midterms delivering more seats to the Republicans in the Senate, where federal judicial nominees are advanced.
The news that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had fractured her ribs sent even more shivers down the spines of progressives, although, in true Super RBG fashion, she seems to be recovering quickly.
TMZ caught up with Obergefell, and asked if he was concerned following the midterms about the fate of same-sex marriage in the United States.
“I definitely am worried, what with the changes in the Supreme Court, and with this administration that has continued to nominate conservative judges across the country. The federal judiciary has changed dramatically, and all it takes is for the right case to get in front of the right judges for that to end up in front of the Supreme Court again,” he said.
“If that happens, right now, I just have to rely on Chief Justice (John) Roberts being a stronger believer in precedents than he is in overturning something he didn’t agree with in the first place.”
When asked what it would mean for married same-sex couples if the ruling were overturned, he said he had “no idea,” adding, “and honestly, it’s too scary for me to even think about that.”
“I’m just nervous. I’m nervous for the LGBTQ community, I’m nervous for every minority community right now, because we’re all targeted. We’re all under attack by this administration,” he continued.
“Right now, the best thing we can do is vote in every possible election, whether that’s local, state, national, talk to elected officials; but when it comes to the court system, unfortunately there isn’t a whole lot that we can do. If a case ends up in front of a federal court, we can’t call those justices and give our two-cents worth, they’re not going to listen to us. So, it really is just: Vote and be vocal.”