Master's Theses

Date of Award

Fall 2010

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies (MLS)


Political Science


Dr. Art Morin


This thesis predicts how United States Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens would have ruled on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage if the issue were to have come before him while he was on the Court. The hypothesis is that he would have found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The hypothesis is substantiated based on an analysis of Stevens‟ record in ten specific cases. The thesis puts forth the argument that these ten cases most accurately predict how Stevens would have voted on the constitutional issue. Stevens‟ opinions and dissents in these cases are examined. Additionally, included is an analysis of his viewpoints, as evidenced in interviews, oral “arguments,” public speeches, and articles.


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