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The Future of LGBT Politics

The Future of LGBT Politics
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Copyright: 2019
Pages: 13
Source title: Social Jurisprudence in the Changing of Social Norms: Emerging Research and Opportunities
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Karla L. Drenner (Purdue University Global, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7961-8.ch006

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Abstract

This chapter summarizes the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in national policymaking. In the United States there exists a nationally shared set of beliefs, values, and customs, or cultural universals. However, these shared attributes vary according to place and political affiliation. Extending the right to marry to same-sex couples through judicial means precipitated a backlash in which religious groups and individuals turned to legislative solutions to contest the court's decision and their obligation to recognize marriage equality. As the final arbiter of law in the United States, the nine unelected justices of the U.S. Supreme Court play a significant role in policymaking, and their attitudes and decisions regarding policy are tied to the political selection of justices. In the future, decision making from the court to further extend the rights of LGBT citizens may be directly tied to the increasingly partisan selection process for justices.

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