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How will Kennedy vote on same-sex marriage?

As a long-time civics teacher I follow the Supreme Court's decisions very carefully. I have long admired Justice Anthony Kennedy because he is the swing vote on the court and his decisions are often unpredictable.

In the late 1990s, Roe v. Wade was challenged by Pennsylvania. But when the case reached the high court, Mr. Kennedy, a devout Catholic, stepped away from his religious background to vote against the law because he felt he had do what was right for the country regardless of his religious beliefs.

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As I read about the Irish recently voting to accept same-sex marriage, I couldn't help but wonder how Justice Kennedy perceived that decision. Of course no American wants the Supreme Court to be influenced by world opinion. But some practices or laws outlive their usefulness and then become discriminatory by their existence.

Laws on the books involving racially segregated marriages, consensual sex between two men or two women, and the law against the dispensing and use of contraceptives, have all been overturned. So Justice Kennedy's position on same-sex marriage in this country will be pivotal to the decision expected in June.

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I hope he will be able to again put aside his personally held beliefs and make us part of a world community that embraces everyone's choice of partners with respect.

Barbara Blumberg, Baltimore


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