After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade , actress Whoopi Goldberg warned Justice Clarence Thomas that he might be putting his own marriage at risk.  Goldberg suggested that Thomas’ and his wife Ginni, a controversial conservative activist, could be in trouble if conservatives come after interracial marriage and overturn Loving v. Virginia:

“You better hope that they don’t come for you, Clarence, and say you should not be married to your wife, who happens to be white, because they will move back. And you better hope that nobody says, you know, well, you’re not in the Constitution. You’re back to being a quarter of a person.”

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Thomas, the most conservative justice on the high court, joined 6-3 conservative majority last week and struck down the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe, which gave women the constitutional right to an abortion.

According to Newsweek, Thomas has “faced widespread backlash for his concurring opinion, in which he suggested he would also be prepared to reconsider the decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that legalized same-sex marriage in the United States, saying the court has ‘a duty to ‘correct the error’ established in those precedents.”

Goldberg continued:

“You better hope that they don’t come for you, Clarence.”

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According to Newsweek:

“Thomas married his wife, who is a right-wing activist, in 1987. The justice has recently faced calls to recuse himself from any cases related to the Capitol riot and the 2020 presidential election after publicized texts showed his wife repeatedly urging former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to overturn the election results.”

Goldberg was joined by actor Samuel L. Jackson in slamming Justice Thomas, as he tweeted  “How’s Uncle Clarence feeling about Overturning Loving v Virginia??!!”

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Jim Obergefell, plaintiff in the landmark 2015 Supreme Court ruling that gave equal marriage rights to LGBTQ+ individuals, also slammed the 73 year old justice, arguing that Thomas did not mention that case because it “affects him personally:”

“That affects him personally, but he doesn’t care about the LGBTQ+ community. He is opposed to our equality. He is opposed to our ability to actually be a part of ‘we the people. For Justice Thomas to completely omit Loving v. Virginia, in my mind, is quite telling.”


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