The Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Ruling and Justice Scalia

Theodore Olson, Neal Katyal, David Boies


Following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13, media outlets have highlighted his record. He filed a memorable dissent after last year’s historic 5-4 ruling that allowed same-sex couples to marry. At Aspen Ideas 2015, two attorneys who fought for marriage equality were onstage. David Boies and Theodore Olson helped pave the way with their successful challenge to California’s Proposition 8. “We felt from the beginning, right from the beginning, that we could win this case,” said Olson. The Supreme Court struck down an appeal and upheld a district court decision to strike down Prop. 8.


Not long after, the highest court made its momentous decision, ruling in favor of marriage equality in the case Obergefell v. Hodges. Although Scalia’s opinion was “harsh,” Olson said, “[the Justices] bring their own ideas, they bring their own backgrounds to the Supreme Court and you'll have these 5-4 decisions.” Watch the full session The Supreme Court's Marriage Equality Ruling: The Most Consequential Ruling in Our Lifetimes?


Podcast: Feminism, Activism and why Hollywood Should be Left out of the Conversation



As a humanitarian, actress Ashley Judd has visited slums, brothels, schools and clinics in the developing world. She’s met with diplomats and religious and political leaders to fight maternal mortality and HIV. Also in the episode: A stellar lineup of women trailblazers give advice on leadership. Subscribe to the Aspen Ideas to Go podcast on iTunes or find it on other popular podcasting services.


Black History Month and Freedom Rides



In celebration of Black History Month, John Lewis, a longtime civil rights activist and US Representative, recounts his first Freedom Ride to challenge racial segregation. In the 1950s, Lewis organized sit-ins and chaired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. One of his mentors was Martin Luther King Jr. Lewis spoke at Aspen Ideas. Watch the full session here, or listen to it on the podcast.


Looking Ahead



At the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival, modern day hook-up culture will be discussed in a track called Let's Talk About Sex. Ahead of the Festival, we're reading How OKCupid Users' Views of Sex Have Changed Since 2005.


Consider This: OKCupid asked: Is there such thing as having too many sex partners? In 2005, 70% said Yes. In 2015, 52% said Yes.


Dig Deeper: Read more about the sex lives of college students and why we cheat.