Former Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy said his decision to rule in favor of marriage equality even surprised himself. So what prompted his decision? Children.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Kennedy said he struggled with the issue before deciding to rule in favor of allowing same-sex couples to legally wed nationwide. In the end, Kennedy wrote the poignant decision that ended discrimination against gay and lesbian couples.
Asked if his decision surprised his conservative supporters and if he was proud of the decision, Kennedy answered bluntly.
“In a sense, it surprised me,” he said. “Because of my religious beliefs. That’s why I wrote it. It seemed to me I couldn’t hide.”