Do Supreme Court Rulings Reflect the Culture, or Change it?

Friday, March 29, 2013


The question of same-sex marriage landed in the Supreme Court this past week, and marriage equality supporters are hoping for a landmark ruling that will legalize same-sex marriage. If it happens, it’ll be one in a series of history-making Supreme Court rulings. But how does it work? Does the Supreme Court have the power to change the culture, or does our culture influence the decisions of the justices? NYU law professor Barry Friedman has written a book on that very question. He tells Bob that for the most part, the Supreme Court tries to shape their decisions according to what the public wants. 


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Bob Garfield

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Audrey A from Walla Walla, WA

Bob Garfield said that the opposition to gay marriage in polls seems to be minimal. Please look a little deeper. Gay marriage in Washington state passed by a narrow majority of 53%, and of 35 counties, only the 7 urban Puget sound counties and 1 in Eastern Washington approved it. King county and the urban left had the numbers, but one could not look at these results and say opposition is minimal.

Apr. 01 2013 01:52 PM

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