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"In too many states, judicial elections are becoming political prizefights where partisans and special interests seek to install judges who will answer to them instead of the law and the Constitution."
--Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

LGBT in the Law


The LGBT community, like that of racial minorities, has faced many hurdles to entering the federal judiciary. Not the least of these was a 1986 Supreme Court ruling that upheld the constitutionality of state anti-sodomy laws that effectively criminalized LGBT relationships.

However, the end of the twentieth century saw the tide begin to turn for the LGBT community. From an influx of openly gay individuals being elected and appointed to positions of power, to the Supreme Court's ruling in 2003 to reverse its 1986 decision, the LGBT community is increasingly being pulled into a position of greater participation in the judicial system of the nation. 


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