Said@Duke: Margaret H. Marshall on Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

Part of the Said@Duke: 2019-2020 Series
Margaret H. Marshal: l“Goodridge was in November 2003. There has not been one week, anywhere in the world, where somebody hasn’t come up to me and said ‘Thank you’ or ‘You’re responsible for the Iraq war.’ But the positives are much more likely.”

Margaret H. Marshall, former chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, wrote the 4-3 majority opinion in Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health, which made Massachusetts the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2003. Some say it also mobilized the electorate to re-elect President George W. Bush. Marshall spoke this week at a Duke Law event.

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