- Griswold v. Connecticut: (1965): SCOTUS ruled that the constitution protects the liberty of married couples to buy and use contraceptives without government restriction.
- Lawrence v. Texas: SCOTUS ruled that criminal sanctions against those who commit “sodomy” are unconstitutional, reaffirming the “right to privacy” as used in Roe v. Wade, along with American traditions of non-interference with private sexual decisions between consenting adults
- Obergefell v. Hodges: SCOTUS ruled that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.
- UPDATE: PASSED HOUSE, 267-157, with only 47 GOP joining in! H.R.8404 – Respect for Marriage Act, which would require that someone be considered married in any state as long as the marriage was valid in the state where it was performed. The bill would also repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman and allowed states to not recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. That law has remained on the books despite being declared unconstitutional by the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling. The bill also protects interracial marriages. (Brownley and Carbajal are both cosponsors)
- UPDATE: PASSED HOUSE with only 8 GOP votes: H.R.8373 – Right to Contraception Act, which would “protect a person’s ability to access contraceptives and to engage in contraception, and to protect a health care provider’s ability to provide contraceptives, contraception, and information related to contraception.” (Carbajal is a cosponsor, Brownley isn’t yet.)
- Upon passage, Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., said the bill violates “religious rights” and called it a bill by Democrats who invoke “states that they cannot name banning contraceptives.”‘
- UPDATE: “Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)…said she feels “pretty strongly about making sure women have contraception.” But she was noncommittal about voting for federal protections for contraception, saying it perhaps should be up to the states. “I don’t think states will go that far,” she added.” Hahahahaha!
Action: Make ALL your legislators go on record in support of the freedom to marry and to control one’s own reproductive life.
The big fight will occur in the Senate, so make sure your relatives in RED states flood their legislators’ offices with calls too.Continue reading “Get the GOP out of our bedrooms! Flood legislators with calls for “Respect for Marriage Act” and the “Right to Contraception Act.” (Updated 7/21/22)”