Watch: Texas AG Signals Support for Criminalizing Homosexuality

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday June 30, 2022

NewsNation anchor Leland Vittert and Texas AG Ken Paxton on Newsmax
NewsNation anchor Leland Vittert and Texas AG Ken Paxton on Newsmax  (Source:YouTube)

Now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, there have been a lot of not-so subtitle signals that the high court plans to come for the LGBTQ community next — specifically dissolving marriage equality and just generally making it illegal to be gay once again.

Justice Clarence Thomas, in his concurring opinion to overturn Roe. V. Wade, wrote that cases Griswold v. Connecticut (right to contraception), Lawrence v. Texas (right to same-sex relationships), and Obergefell v. Hodges (marriage equality) should all be revisited.

In a Friday interview with NewsNation anchor Leland Vittert, Texas AG Ken Paxton signaled that he would be "comfortable" enforcing a ban on sodomy or gay marriage, People reported.

"Yeah, I mean, there's all kinds of issues here, but certainly the Supreme Court has stepped into issues that I don't think there's any constitutional provision dealing with," he said. "They were legislative issues, and this is one of those issues, and there may be more. So it would depend on the issue and dependent on what state law had said at the time."

When asked about defending a law that blatantly makes homosexuality illegal, Paxton answered by putting the blame on the law.

"My job is to defend state law and I'll continue to do that ... If it's constitutional, we're going to defend it," said Paxton.

This from a man who told the families of the 19 students killed by a gunman in Uvalde, Texas, elementary school that "life is short no matter what it is."

Paxton also took a lead role in organizing a Supreme Court case to overturn the 2020 election results. He was also indicted on felony securities fraud charges months after taking office as attorney general and is currently awaiting trial.

About the aforementioned laws protecting contraception and gay marriage, Justice Thomas said: "... in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court's substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell. Because any substantive due process decision is 'demonstrably erroneous,' ... we have a duty to 'correct the error' established in those precedents."

It seems the error that really needs to be corrected is conservative majority of old men on the Supreme Court. Thankfully, Ketanji Brown Jackson has just been sworn in to the Supreme Court as the first Black woman.