Just weeks after ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was welcomed onto the campus of Fordham University.
The justice, whose nomination to the court was applauded by NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood, was there to speak to children visiting the campus for Environmental Day. The Dream Big program reportedly taught the children about the importance of preserving the ecosystem of the Bronx River.
“My dream is that each of you finds your dream and that it comes true,” Sotomayor reportedly told the 90 elementary school aged children. “And I hope that when you reach your dream, you’ll write me a letter and you’ll tell me.”
Sotomayor, who is often described as one of six Catholics on the Court but has described herself as a “lapsed Catholic,” recently ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act. She signed on to the decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy which stated:
The differentiation demeans the couple, whose moral and sexual choices the Constitution protects ... and whose relationship the State has sought to dignify. And it humiliates tens of thousands of children now being raised by same-sex couples. The law in question makes it even more difficult for the children to understand the integrity and closeness of their own family and its concord with other families in their community and in their daily lives.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops filed an amicus brief in support of DOMA, which confirmed the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
This was Justice Sotomayor’s second visit to the Jesuit campus since being confirmed to the Court.
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