GLAAD Board Member Calls Out Supreme Court Justices During Speech

Steve Warren had a few words for the Supreme Court at the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco this weekend. The crowd gave a standing ovation.

1. Attorney Steve Warren took the stage and called on Supreme Court justices to act against the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8.

Warren is a member of GLAAD’s Board of Directors and recent recipient of GLAAD’s Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is given to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for our community.

2. Warren called out Justice Clarence Thomas:

“Because the Clarence and Virginia Thomas’s of the world are accorded the protections of the U.S. Constitution and we are not. Our basic civil rights are currently being experimented with in 50 different state laboratories. Many of which have little or no hope of ridding themselves of the prejudice and hate that still exists in so much of our country. It pains me to think of what could have been for our relationships, including my own of 26 years, if our nation had embraced all of us, and given us the love, respect and support given to heterosexual couples, of all races. We need, we deserve, and we are rightfully entitled as American citizens to be included under the shield of the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.”

4. He also had a few words for Justice Antonin Scalia:

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“When Justice Antonin Scalia, a man who has repeatedly debased our families and our community, takes up this line of attack, and looks to one side and sees Justice Thomas and to his other side and sees Chief Justice Roberts, two men who have created their families through the beauty of adoption, just as I have done myself with my daughter Katie, we would all hope that the hypocrisy of this argument would dawn on him and move him.”

5. Check out the entire speech:

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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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