'Folks are coming for us.' LGBTQ+ community fears Supreme Court could target gay rights next
Members of the LGBTQ+ community are worried that the Supreme Court's decision to reverse Roe v. Wade could mean gay rights could be next.
Robert Vitelli, of the LGBT Network, is worried that the court's more conservative stance means bad news for LGBTQ+ rights.
"It's a sign that folks are coming for us, so to speak," Vitelli says.
The concerns come as Justice Clarence Thomas broke from the majority in a concurring opinion, saying that the Supreme Court should reconsider its rulings on access to contraception, gay marriage and same-sex relationships.
"For that reason, in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court's substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence and Obergefell," Thomas wrote.
The Griswold case dealt with contraception rights, the Lawrence case was over same sex relationships and Obergfell affirmed same sex marriages.
Touro University law professor Laura Dooley says Thomas' opinion is rattling the case of rights that were prepped by Roe v. Wade.
"That launches a potential new era for the way we understand constitutional law," Dooley says.
Richard Letavish-Brigandi and his husband have been in a committed relationship for 32 years and were legally married in 2015. He worries that the Supreme Court's conservative majority could target their marriage.
"We are a loving, married couple, and I don't think anybody should take that away from us," Letavish-Brigandi says.
Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his majority opinion that the dismantling of Roe v. Wade would not affect other cases, but the court's liberal justices warned in their dissent that "...No one should be confident that this majority is done with its work."
Vitelli says they are preparing now.
"I think as the LGBT community, we're ready to fight back and win," Vitelli says.
The Supreme Court is not currently hearing any cases that could threaten gay marriage, same sex relationships or contraception.