Social Policy

Same Sex Marriage

REUTERS/Mike Blake- A U.S. flag in rainbow colors is carried at a rally in support of the United States Supreme Court decision on marriage rights in San Diego, California June 26, 2013.

Opinion

The Unknown Supreme Court Decision that Changed Everything for Gays

February 5, 2014, Jonathan Rauch

Jonathan Rauch discusses the supreme court decision in ONE v. Olesen, a case whose inception marks its 60th anniversary in 2014. Rauch states that this case is arguably the seminal gay rights case in America — the one that extended First Amendment protection to gay-related speech.

Recent Activity

  • In the News

    The next Congress should be the second since 1994 when [the Employment Nondiscrimination Act] is not introduced—this time because gays ourselves have decided to move on. A country of gay spouses and parents and service members and veterans is a country of gay citizens, not gay victims. Ten years after Goodridge [v. Department of Public Health] is a good time to recognize and celebrate that change.

    November 18, 2013, Jonathan Rauch, TIME
  • In the News

    We are not asking, gay marriage advocates, for the right to marry everybody or anybody, just to marry somebody. We're asking to have that opportunity.

    May 31, 2012, Jonathan Rauch, National Public Radio
  • In the News

    We've had these successive movements of social change, from African-Americans, then feminism and now gay rights, and each one seems to happen faster than the last and you wonder what's going on there...We're seeing a shift in public morality.

    May 11, 2012, Jonathan Rauch, New York Times
  • Interview | Talk of the Nation, NPR

    Arriving at a Compromise on Gay Marriage

    March 2, 2009, David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch