Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot has never been one to mince words.
Over the weekend, the openly lesbian mayor attended Chicago Pride, where she marched in the parade and gave an impassioned speech about Friday’s Supreme Court ruling that saw Roe v. Wade overturned.
“We will not live in a world, not in my city, where our rights are taken from us or rolled back,” Lightfoot said, before declaring, “F*ck Clarence Thomas!”
Video of the moment has been blowing up on Twitter.
“Fuck Clarence Thomas” –@chicagosmayor @SCOTUSblog @chicago #prideinthepark #chicago #RoeVWade #lorilightfoot #scotus pic.twitter.com/F5GOESquuM
— Ricky (@RickyRakoon) June 26, 2022
In his concurring opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, Thomas said the Court should also take another look at Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell–cases which established federal protections for contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage, respectively.
Related: Clarence Thomas wastes literally no time using Roe decision to attack gay rights
“For that reason, in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell,” he wrote.
The Court’s decision to overturn Roe upends nearly 50 years of precedent which allowed abortion until about 24 weeks of pregnancy. Abortion will likely soon be outlawed in half the states.
Lightfoot isn’t the only one who’s pissed at Thomas. Here’s what others are saying…
Language of SCOTUS decision on Roe has an ominous tone of anger and revenge — especially Clarence Thomas’s concurring opinion.
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) June 27, 2022
Not a single day should go by without mentioning Ginni Thomas committing sedition with the help of her husband Uncle Clarence Thomas and both of them should be arrested, prosecuted and convicted. They have damaged SCOTUS irreparably and have made it illegitimate.
— Ricky Davila 🏳️🌈 (@TheRickyDavila) June 26, 2022
Clarence Thomas just said the court should now go after gay marriage, birth control, and the basic right to privacy. Notably absent: interracial marriage.
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) June 24, 2022
Clarence Thomas is 74. Samuel Alito is 72. Who do you want in office when they die? That should be the SOLE factor affecting your general election vote from now until they die.
— Jen Psaki stan account (@AngryLawyerLady) June 26, 2022
Clarence Thomas already declared he wants to overturn protections for same-sex marriage, gay sex, and contraception. Pack the court.
— ttsci (@ttsciCFB) June 24, 2022
Clarence Thomas is saying people need to “live with outcomes they don’t agree with.”
He should tell that to Ginni Thomas.
— Jack Cocchiarella (@JDCocchiarella) June 26, 2022
If only there would have been red flags during Clarence Thomas’s SCOTUS confirmation hearings. #AnitaHillWasRight
— Dansting (@Dansting) June 27, 2022
During the final week of Pride month, Justice Clarence Thomas made clear that the Supreme Court is coming for our rights next.
We won’t let them.
— Rep. Carlos G Smith (@CarlosGSmith) June 27, 2022
I think Clarence Thomas wants interracial marriage to be banned. Easiest way to jettison Ginni. pic.twitter.com/K8qc9Q7S5q
— Piyush Mittal 🇺🇸🇮🇳🇺🇦 (@piyushmittal) June 27, 2022
I am going to get Clarence Thomas pregnant
— Snorklhuahua (@weinerdog4life) June 26, 2022
In an exclusive interview with Queerty last week, attorney Roberta Kaplan, who represented Edie Windsor in United States v. Windsor and successfully convinced the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, cautioned people against catastrophizing the situation.
“I obviously understand fear and depression, but I would urge people to overcome that,” said Kaplan. “One thing I can say that could help to buck people up is the fact that LGBTQ rights in our country evolved and developed at a faster pace than any other minority group in recent history.”
“It was an enormous achievement over a relatively short period of time when you compare it to, say, the rights of African Americans under Jim Crow. Backlash is inevitable, but it doesn’t mean our rights are all going to be taken away. ”
She continued, “The number-one thing that LGBTQ Americans have to do is to vote and to make sure that every single person who knows and loves them votes for candidates who believe in our Constitution, who believe in equal protection, and who believe in the equal dignity of all Americans, regardless of who they love, the color of their skin, or who they marry.”
Related: Roberta Kaplan on the demise of Roe v. Wade and what’s next for equality
I, for one, will NEVER allow Clarence Thomas or anyone else to tell me when, or with whom, or in what way I can have sex. If I choose to get on Grindr, meet a guy, and get pounded like a tent stake, then so be it! (Assuming, of course, it’s ever safe to leave the house again and have hookups, thanks a lot Covid!).
While I agree with your intent, it is another thing to have the weight of the government come down on you should we be criminalized again. If we don’t turn this around and WIN the mid terms, we are very possibly in the line of fire.
Clarence will do as Ginnie tells him.
Is oreo a racist term???
Worse yet, not only is he whipped, but he really isn’t smart enough to be on the court, which is why he never speaks to prevent it from becoming too obvious.
Every cookie is a little bit racist…..when you live on Ave Q. Clarence is a Mud Cookie. A swampy, slimy, nasty Mud Cookie. Ginni is just plain gross and both will rot in HE double two stix.
Thomas has wanted people to call him “The most hated man in America” for some time.
So it’s mutual. He hates America and we hate him.
He’s 74, hopefully he’ll die off soon.
It’s all in the timing. We need to win the mid-terms to guarantee Biden could get an appointment through.
That won’t be good if Trump or DeSantis run and is elected. Four more years of Trump if its not DeSantis will mean that younger extremist judges will replace existing judges.
An even more horrible outcome could be a Trump/DeSantis ticket. If Trump should surprise the world and be an evil effective president DeSantis might be a shoe-in to become president in 2028.
The problem with Lori is she says and does too many things that give the right oxygen. Being defiant only goes so far.
Being defiant is the first step. Being compliant gets you nowhere.
time to undo the emancipation proclamation then. if loving v virginia isnt on the table.
The Emancipation Proclamation can be undone because it had no force of law, in case you didn’t know this. Your suggest sounds a bit racist but too.
I think you were trying to suggest undoing the 13th Amendment, which abolished chattel slavery, the 14th Amendment, which affirmed the rights of all freed Black citizens and women, ensuring equal protection under the law, and the 15th Amendment, which ensured that the right to vote could not be denied on the basis of race. AIN’T HAPPENING!!!
Someone needs to remind these right-wing justices of these Constitutional Amendments, which are the result of the most brutal war ever fought on US soil, which successfully defeated a racist, White supremacist slaveocracy!
i agree with the sentimant, but Clarence isn’t the only one. pounce on all of them that want to destroy what we’ve accomplished.
Thomas needs to return to his search for whomever “put that pubic hair on his Coke can.”
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This! He’s just like all the rest………gross and assumes all women want his junk..
Dems are wimps bc they don’t pack the court. Then again Dems have Joe Manchin, who’s really a Republican so the Dems need to somehow pray for a miracle and win the mid term election.. We are all in trouble if we don’t somehow find a way to pack the court.
The US Senate is a huge problem. It’s not just Manchin but also Kyrsten Sinema who refused to change the filibuster rules, particularly for voting rights. Democrats would have to win a net of two seats to make up for the intransigence of these two. There are extremists running in several contests (Missouri being the most high-profile one), Repubs on shaky ground (Johnson, in Wisconsin), and fairly unpopular Republicans (Dr. Oz, etc.), and these would all be major pickups, but then the Dems have to defend their own Senate candidates in Nevada, New Hampshire, etc., so it’s going to be challenge any way you look at it. It’s not inconceivable, though.
There are two houses in Congress. The House has passed a great deal of valuable bills and in fact passed a law protecting reproductive choice. They die in the senate because of Manchin, Sinema and the Filibuster.
While there is good reason to increase the number of Justices as has been done in the past to make it equal to the number of federal circuit court districts (there are currently 12), it would require the approval of the Senate which ain’t gonna happen. There is no way to overcome the Filibuster with 60 votes when Manchin and Sinema will vote with the right, and no republicans will vote against their party.
If anyone thinks Clarence Thomas is the only right-wing justice who wants to do away with same-sex marriage, the Lawrence v. Texas protections of sexual privacy, etc., they are clueless. Chief Justice John Roberts actually dissented on Obergefell v. Hodges, which established same-sex marriage as a national right, remember? John Roberts, the supposedly “reasonable” conservative!
All it would take is Thomas, Alito, Kavanaugh or Gorsuch, Coney Barrett and Roberts, and boom, they’ve struck it down. Thomas, who is abhorrent, is simply the one spoke the quiet part out loud.
You got that right!
We know from their actions versus their confirmation hearing responses that they cannot be trusted.
You want to get C. Thomas pregnant? Ugh, what a sloppy, ugly tryst that would be. He’s and oreo and ginni is a beeeeyaaaaatch. She has his balls and he has her uterus. A swap transplant.
We need to make being gay a religion as they are so happy to expand religious rights. HE LIKE HIS UGLY WIFE IS A TRAITOR. SXHE TRIED TO OVERTHROW OUR LEGAL ELECTION AND THEY NEED TO BE IN PRISON IF NOT TREATED LIKE TRAITORS IN HISTORY WERE TREATED. Im old so I wont be around but you younger people need to go back and study just how hard we fought and for how long to make sure you arent branded criminals by your own government like we were. What the F**K about LIFE< LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS? This is the radical catholic taliban members on our court put there illegally my Mitch McConneli the pos hillbilly turtle
“We need to make being gay a religion as they are so happy to expand religious rights” would not work. Those folks are only interested in certain Christians’ rights. The rest of us, including Christians who don’t blindly follow their brand of religion are not deemed worthiness of fair treatment.
Lori Lightfoot, the failed Mayor of Chicago, who presides over a city where thousands of black men have been killed during her tenure.
Oh dear. You’re not very good at this, are you?
clarence, ginny……YOUR BARGE IS HERE.
Clarence Thomas is talking about getting rid of contraception and yet he has only one child.
Typical Republican, he’s used contraception all his life, and now that he doesn’t need it he wants to make it illegal for others.
“The number-one thing that LGBTQ Americans have to do is to vote…”
But depending on how Moore v. Harper is decided by the Supreme Inquisition, that may not be an option either.