House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.)supports Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ suggestion that the court reconsider rulings that protect access to contraception and same-sex marriages.
After SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade last year, Thomas wrote in a concurring opinion that the court should reconsider other cases that fall under due process precedent, including rulings that supports access to contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage.
In a clip unearthed by CNN’s KFILE of a podcast interview Johnson did with right-wing commentator Todd Starnes on the day SCOTUS overturned Roe, Johnson argued that Thomas’ suggestion was, “not radical. In fact, it’s the opposite of that.”
In the majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito said the court overturning Roe v. Wade “does not undermine” other constitutional rights “in any way.”
However, Thomas indicated that was not the case. He wrote in a concurring opinion that the court “should reconsider” rulings in three landmark cases: Griswold v. Connecticut, which established the right to contraception; Lawrence v. Texas, which legalized same-sex sexual activity; and Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage.
“There’s been some really bad law made,” Johnson said. “They’ve made a mess of our jurisprudence in this country for the last several decades. And maybe some of that needs to be cleaned up.”
When asked for comment, Johnson’s spokesperson told CNN that the speaker “views the cases as settled law.”