Clarence Thomas Has 'Put a Target' on Gay Marriage, Obergefell Warns

Civil rights activist Jim Obergefell recently said he believed Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is targeting contraception and gay marriage following the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Speaking to CNN's Jim Acosta on Sunday, Obergefell, who was the plaintiff in the 2015 Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage, said that he felt the court's recent ruling on abortion should concern everyone in the U.S.

Obergefell also reflected on comments recently made by Thomas regarding addressing other court rulings and the threat he believes this posed to same-sex marriage and intimacy.

"In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court's substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, & Obergefell," Thomas said in a concurring opinion to the court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade released on Friday.

"We have a duty to 'correct the error' established in those precedents," Thomas continued. "After overruling these demonstrably erroneous decisions, the question would remain whether other constitutional provisions guarantee the myriad rights that our substantive due process cases have generated."

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Jim Obergefell, who was the plaintiff in the 2015 Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage in the U.S. recently warned that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas had painted a target on same-sex marriage and other rights following the decision that overturned Roe v Wade. Pictured (left), Obergefell at The Hepburn on April 28, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (left) Thomas sits during a group photo of the Justices at the Supreme Court in 2021. Kris Connor and Erin Schaff/Getty

In 2003, Lawrence v. Texas established that criminal penalties for sodomy or private sexual acts between consenting adults are unconstitutional. That decision came down in a 6 to 3 ruling.

Obergefell v. Hodges legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in a 5 to 4 decision. Thomas, who joined the court in 1991, dissented in both the Lawrence and Obergefell decisions.

Obergefell reflected on the impact the overturning of Roe v. Wade was having and, in his words, the dangers it poses to people across America.

"It has been a terrible several days for our nation," he said. "Half of our country lost the right to control their own body and that should terrify everyone in this nation who believes in our ability to make decisions for ourselves.

"Then to have Justice Thomas, in his concurring opinion, put a target on the back of the right to contraception, the right to intimacy with the person that you love and the right to marry the person you love, that should terrify everyone in this nation," Obergefell continued. "This is a terrible decision from this court and this flies in the face of we the people and making this nation a more perfect union.

"This takes us backward in time and everyone in this nation should want us to move forward as we learn more about the world, about humanity. We should be moving forward not backward. This extreme court is taking us backward."

Newsweek has reached out to Thomas for comment.