John Roberts on Families & Children
Supreme Court Justice (nominated by Pres. George W. Bush 2005)
Situation: Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer were married in Toronto, Canada in 2007. Their marriage was recognized by New York state, where they resided. Upon Spyer's death in 2009, Windsor was forced to pay $363,000 in federal taxes, because their marriage was not recognized by federal law.
OnTheIssues explanation: This ruling led to a series of state legalization of same-sex marriage, as well as federal equality of same-sex rights (but not federal equality of marriage).
Opinions:Majority: Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, & Kagan; dissent: Roberts, Alito, Thomas & Scalia, on mixed grounds of federalism & traditionalism.
In the entire time I worked with him, Judge John Roberts let all the criticism and nasty quotations about him roll off his back, but the prospect of a major paper invading the privacy of his children's adoption records understandably bothered him.
"I promise you this: We will protect your family. I don't want you to worry about this anymore." It's not a promise I made lightly, and I was honor bound to keep it.
A California law imposed $1000 civil fines on persons who sold or rented to minors "violent video games." The video game industry sued to prevent enforcement of the law.
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