Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision declaring same-sex marriage constitutional, Professor Lisa McElroy discussed the ruling on Oregon Public Radio's Think Out Loud on June 26.
McElroy, who was present at the Supreme Court when Justice Kennedy delivered the decision, recounted a sublime atmosphere in the courtroom. "From the moment Justice Kennedy started reading, you could hear the tears but really nothing else," McElroy said.
McElroy also claimed that the scene outside the courtroom, on the plaza, underscored the historical significance of the ruling. McElroy claimed she witnessed "a lot of people, a lot of families [that] really felt validated by this [and] part of a really big moment in history . . . it really does change the fabric of how we think about rights and family in this country," she concluded.
McElroy is a recognized Supreme Court observer and has published extensively in the field of legal pedagogy and she is an experienced teacher of legal writing.