Speaking at the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference in San Diego, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy said the public reaction to the high courts recent decision to allow gay marriage reminds him of the public furor over the 1989 decision, which he also joined, that protected burning American flags as free speech.
"Eighty senators went to the floor of the Senate to denounce the court," he said of the 1989 ruling, the Associated Press is reporting. "President Bush took the week off and visited flag factories, but I noticed that after two or three months people began thinking about the issues."
People gradually came around, he said. Read the full report here: Justice Kennedy compares gay marriage uproar to flag burning