What Motivates Justice Thomas? Argumentative Essay by scribbler

What Motivates Justice Thomas?
An argument that the conflicts in Justice Clarence Thomas' personal life have influenced his stand against gay rights.
# 152877 | 922 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 30, 2013 in Political Science (U.S.)

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The paper discusses how Justice Thomas is a conservative who is against gay rights and argues that this position has not so much to do with his being a conservative as with his being a reactionary conservative and activist whose decisions represent an agenda to turn back the clock on human rights across the board. This paper contends that his emotional conflict over gay marriage is a result of the personal conflicts he experienced over his blackness in white America and his Roman Catholic upbringing.

From the Paper:

"In the decision in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Justice Thomas while supporting the courts decision to allow corporate donors to donate money in secret, he felt that the decision did not go far enough. Justice Clarence Thomas claimed that after California passed Proposition 8, LGBTs overturned the popular vote against gay marriage. He feels that without anonymity, corporate donors what he felt were violent reactions, Justice Thomas wants such corporate donations to be kept completely behind lock and key (Jones, 2010). Certainly, given Justice Thomas relatively young age, he will be on the US Supreme Court for many years and given the state by state battle on both sides of the gay marriage issue, it would seem almost inevitable that the issue will come up again.
"Obviously, while he chafes at judicial activism (real or imagined) on behalf of the non-Christian opposition, he certainly advocates such activism by Christian conservatives whom this author pegs as reactionaries due to their far reaching agenda. Beyond the gay marriage issue and its conservative and liberal permutations, the ramifications of such decision making are widespread across the board in remaking the American landscape and not just in turning back the clock."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cleaver, Eldridge. (1991). Soul on ice. New York, NY: Dell Publishing.
  • Jones, Michael A. (2010, January 22). How justice clarence thomas screwed gay rights and democracy. Retrieved from http://gayrights.change.org/blog/view/how_justice_clarence_thomas_screwed_gay_rights_and_democracy
  • Kifner, John. (1998, May 2). Eldridge cleaver, black panther who became g.o.p. conservative, is dead at 62. The New York Times, Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/1998/05/02/us/eldridge-cleaver-black-panther-who-became-gop-conservative-is-dead-at-62.html
  • Merida, Kevin, & Fletcher, Michael A. (2007). Supreme discomfort: the divided soul of clarence thomas. New York, NY: Broadway Books.

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