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Clarence Thomas

Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court

—Alongside Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, attacked the court’s 2015 Obergefell decision when they declined to hear a case brought by a Kentucky county clerk. The two justices wrote that the clerk, Kim Davis, “may have been one of the first victims of this court's cavalier treatment of religion in its Obergefell decision,” which they also described as “ruinous.” They also wrote that the decision “enables courts and governments to brand religious adherents who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman as bigots, making their religious liberty concerns that much easier to dismiss.”

Dissented in the Obergefell case, writing that bans on same-sex marriage promote procreation and the ideal environment for raising children. He also wrote that those who oppose marriage equality “will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools,” leading to “bitter and lasting wounds.”

Wrote that neither government denial of marraige equality, nor internment camps, nor slavery, stripped people of dignity.

Dissented in Lawrence v. Texas, the decision that struck down a Texas law banning gay sex, ruling the law unconstitutional.

The GLAAD Accountability Project catalogs anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and discriminatory actions of politicians, commentators, organization heads, religious leaders, and legal figures, who have used their platforms, influence and power to spread misinformation and harm LGBTQ people.

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