Family Ties

Chief Justice Roberts’ Lesbian Cousin To Marry

Jean PodraskyJean Podrasky says she’s going to marry her partner now that the Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. Nothing unusual there, but Podrasky is the openly lesbian cousin of Chief Justice John Roberts, who voted to uphold the anti-marriage measure.

Podrasky told Talking Points Memo that she realizes that her cousin has different politics than she. “I want to say I’m from a very, very big family — I have 12 cousins on both sides of the family,” she says. “I want to say that quite a bit of my family on that side are quite conservative and pretty Catholic. We have differences of opinions on many many things, but we are still family.”

Still Podrasky had hoped for a different outcome from her cousin based on the oral arguments in March, which she attended in person. “I was stunned he kind of went one way for us on one of the ruling, and the other way on the DOMA ruling,” she said. Roberts’ vote with the majority on the Proposition 8 ruling had special significance for Podrasky: since she lives in California, the ruling cleared the way for her marriage.

As for whether Roberts will be invited to Podrasky’s wedding to Grace Fasano, planned for next spring, Podrasky said it’s still up in the air. “I’m certainly inviting family [but] we don’t have our guests lists yet,” she said.

Photo Credit: Jean Podrasky’s Facebook page

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  • niles

    I don’t see how you can still consider someone “family” after they voted to deny you basc civil rights. At any rate, Roberts did not vote pro-gay in Prop 8. He voted that
    way to avoid having it decided on the merits – same as Scalia. Ginzburg voted with
    the majority because she wanted to avoid a landmark decision like Roe v Wade. Only
    time will tell if she made the right choice.

  • Harley

    30 years ago my oldest brother told me “I can’t believe I have a queer brother. ” I told him he didn’t have a brother, and that was the last I have seen or spoken to him. He showed up at my mothers funeral 5 years ago but stayed on the other side of the room. We didn’t speak, which was fine with me. I live in Texas so no hope for marriage for me while he has been married and divorced 7 times. YEE-HAW.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    Will you be inviting Injustice Roberts? I hope not. He doesn’t see you as a full American citizen.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    It’s so sick that Injustice Roberts would invite you to watch the proceedings and then screw you sideways in dissent. Be done with the bugger.

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