Dubbed 'First Gay Justice,' Kennedy May Not Be Done Yet

Law360, New York (June 26, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT) -- Justice Anthony Kennedy solidified his gay rights record Wednesday by striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, and experts say his strong words suggested he is evolving along with public opinion and potentially inching toward recognition of a fundamental right for same-sex couples to marry.

To a large extent, the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 opinion authored by Justice Kennedy was in line with previous rulings he has penned to protect gay rights. Those include his 1996 decision in Romer v. Evans, which nixed a...
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