Honors Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Political Science

First Advisor

Charles E. Smith, Jr.

Relational Format



This thesis looks at how the United States Supreme Court came to decide upon the issue of same-sex marriage. Starting in the lower courts and moving to the Supreme Court in 2013 and how the decision handed down by the court changed the law of the land. As well as how this decision has allowed for future changes in the law. Furthermore, how the new land has led individual states to overturn laws restricting marriage equality and how the Fourteenth Amendment can be used as a vehicle to legalize same-sex marriage across the states using the Courts decisions in United States v. Windsor and Loving v. Virginia. Also, where the law is headed in the near future and how the idea of percolation affects the direction of future legal decisions.



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