Sonia Sotomayor Case

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Sonia Sotomayor is the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in the history of the United States and the third woman. She was nominated by President Barack Obama in May of 2009 and assumed the role in August of 2009. She was born in the Bronx during 1954 to Juan and Celina Baez Sotomayor. Her parents are of Puerto Rican descent. Her father died when she was nine and her mother assumed the role of single parent. Sonia 's mother made sure to instill in her children the importance of higher education and learning English. Her mother made many sacrifices to make sure her kids would have a better life. When talking about Sotomayor 's mother Antonia Felix writes " Celina 's ability to forge a strong sense of self in her children would guarantee their …show more content…

One of the Supreme Court Cases Justice Sotomayor has served on was the Obergefell v. Hodges. Which with a 5-4 ruling made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Justice Anthony wrote the majority opinion and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined him in agreeance. She has been involved in previous cases dealing with discrimination against LGBTQ community. One case dealt with a gay man being teased at work for not being a manly man. Sonia along with two other judges agreed that he entitled to a trial based on his claim of a hostile work environment. When Sonia was appointed a Justice most people thought she might be the balance needed in the Supreme Court for equal rights for the LGBTQ community. When talking about same-sex marriage she has said "How does withholding marriage from one group — same-sex couples — increase the value to the other group?" (Liptak). I agreed with the ruling from the Supreme Court because I did not feel as if the government could tell you who you could and could not marry. Yes, most religions are against same-sex marriage but that religion does not speak for everybody. Most people are against same sex marriage because of religion. Research is showing that most people do not even believe in religion at all anymore. I agree with Sotomayor when she says how does withholding marriage from LGBTQ community increase value to another. While I definitely understand why people were upset I believe it was step forward in the equal rights when it come to the LGBTQ community. There is definitely much more progress to be made but with time, I believe it

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