Sotomayor: I’d Approach Same-Sex Marriage Issue ‘With Open Mind’


The issue of same-sex marriage came up again in this morning's Senate hearings on the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. It came up yesterday in a question from Senator Charles Grassley regarding the case Baker v. Nelson.

This morning, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) asked Sotomayor if she understands there is a public policy exception in the 'full faith and credit clause' which affects how states differ in the way they treat marriage. Says Graham: "The reason these speeches matter and the reasons elections matter is because people now understand the role of the court in modern society when it comes to social change."

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) asked, "If the Supreme Court in the next few years holds that there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, would that be making the law or interpreting the law?" 

Sotomayor replies that Cornyn's question is basically a set-up and says that she would come to the issue with a completely open mind.

Watch both clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

(clips via hrcbackstory) HRC reports that several witnesses with anti-LGBT positions are slated for today's hearing.

Senator Lindsey Graham:

Senator John Cornyn: