New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak tells Terry Gross about the language in the DOMA opinion and how it might influence the future of gay issues in the courts:
So this decision delivers benefits to people married in the 13 states that now allow same sex marriage. It doesn’t do anything in the other states, but it has language in it that really resonates. It says, ‘Discriminating against gay couples that want to marry demeans them and humiliates their children,’ and that’s a punch in the gut. That’s language that Justice Kennedy wrote from the heart and it’s in keeping with a trend in public opinion. So I can certainly imagine in more liberal states judges adopting just that language to strike down bans on same sex marriage.
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