Chief Justice John Roberts on the Definition of Marriage

The institution developed to serve purposes that, by their nature, didn’t include homosexual couples.

-Chief Justice John Roberts on the historical development of the definition of marriage during Supreme Court hearings yesterday.

If you tell a child that somebody has to be their friend, I suppose you can force the child to say, ‘This is my friend.’ But it changes the definition of what it means to be a friend.

-Chief Justice Roberts responding to the argument that marriage means something and should be used to apply to same-sex couples.

Chief Justice John Roberts

The Supreme Court heard arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry (California’s Proposition 8 case) on Tuesday, March 27. Today the Supreme Court hears argument in United States v. Windsor regarding the Defense of Marriage Act.


Adam Liptak, “Justices Say Time May Be Wrong for Gay Marriage Case,” The New York Times, March 26, 2013.

2 thoughts on “Chief Justice John Roberts on the Definition of Marriage

    1. Mark, thanks for stopping by. It is interesting that you would call the chief justice of the Supreme Court of the United States a “silly man.” Would you care to elaborate on that? Rather than using an ad hominem attack, I would encourage you to express a reasoned argument for why you believe him to be “silly.” Looking forward to your response.

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