Same-sex marriage opponents invoke Justice Kennedy

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Associated Press

Posted on May 10, 2014 at 5:07 AM

Updated Saturday, May 10 at 7:33 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of same-sex marriage are turning to the words of an influential judge to counter the pro-gay rights rulings of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy that are fueling the march toward legalized gay marriage in many states.

Who's the judge? It's Kennedy.

Last month, he defended voters' ability to decide sensitive issues — in a ruling that upheld Michigan's ban on taking race into account in college admissions.

At least five states have invoked Kennedy's opinion in the Michigan case to argue that voters and elected officials, not judges, should choose whether same-sex couples can be married or have their marriages recognized within their borders.

But fighting Kennedy with Kennedy may be an uphill battle.

He's written the high court's three strongly pro-gay rights decisions in the past 18 years.

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