Headline RoundupMay 10th, 2022

After Roe v Wade Leak, Some Wonder if Gay Marriage and Contraception are Next

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Since the leak of the Supreme Court’s draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, some in politics and the media have questioned whether other court precedents could come under threat. 

Justice Samuel Alito did not directly challenge Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark same-sex marriage case, in his leaked draft opinion. However, he did use it to critique the concept of unenumerated rights, writing that Obergefell “read a right to same-sex marriage into the 14th Amendment, even though that right is found nowhere in the text.”

The leaked opinion would also return the question of abortion to state legislatures, where Republicans have increasingly pursued the goals of social conservatives. On Sunday, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves didn't rule out banning certain forms of contraception in a CNN (Left bias) interview.

Coverage speculating on the future of gay marriage and contraception was more common in left-rated outlets. Voices from the left appeared more concerned about a potential rollback of women’s and LGBTQ rights, while voices from the right were skeptical of the left's concerns. Some on the right sent mixed signals; in a widely-circulated video, Daily Wire (Right bias) co-founder Ben Shapiro dismissed those concerns but then said, “if we had a Supreme Court worth its salt, they would overturn Obergefell.”

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