Quick Take: Drexel Law Professor Discusses Supreme Court’s Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

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On June 26, the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, and that gay marriage is legal nationwide. It’s a victory in the long struggle for the gay rights movement that has established a new civil right for Americans.

“The Court today put itself on the right side of history,” said David S. Cohen, JD, an associate professor in Drexel University’s Kline School of Law.

According to Cohen:

  • The Court today put itself on the right side of history.  Most Supreme Court opinions are quickly forgotten, but today’s will long be remembered as ushering in a new age of equality for gays and lesbians.
  • This is a day to be happy – happy that love wins, that equality matters, and that the Constitution protects all people.
  • The dissenting Justices have written their own obituary in terms of mattering as jurists.  The world has passed them by, and their views will be looked at by history as equally vile as the segregationists who opposed Brown.

Cohen’s scholarship explores constitutional law and gender issues in the law that range from sex discrimination, abortion/reproductive rights and LGBT issues to interactions between gender identity and social policy. He received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

For more experts opinion on recent Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage and Obamacare as public health issues, check out “Quick Takes: Obamacare and Same-Sex Marriage are Both Public Health Issues.”

Media interested in an interview with David S. Cohen should contact Alissa Falcone at acf57@drexel.edu or 215.571.4319.