With Roe dead, some fear rollback of LGBTQ and other rights

With Roe dead, some fear rollback of LGBTQ and other rights (Photo: Joe Ravi / CC BY-SA 3.0)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision allowing states to ban abortion is stirring alarm among LGBTQ advocates.

They fear that the ruling could someday allow a rollback of legal protections for gay relationships, including the right for same-sex couples to marry.

In the majority opinion issued Friday that overturns the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, Justice Samuel Alito said the decision applied only to abortion.

But critics of the court’s conservative majority discounted that statement.

And in a separate concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas said the court should review other precedents, including its 2015 decision legalizing same-sex marriage and a 2003 decision striking down laws criminalizing gay sex.

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