The Supreme Court justice who ruled that same-sex marriage is a right said on Friday that she doesn’t “want politics” to determine her life and said she has “nothing to hide.”
“I do not believe that I am above the law,” Justice Elena Kagan said in a statement to reporters.
“I do, however, have nothing to hide.
If anything, I would hope that the law would allow me to continue doing what I have always done and what I am always meant to do: serve.”
Kagan’s statement comes amid growing concerns about the potential impact of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling legalizing same-gender marriage nationwide.
“Justice Kagan has been a champion of equal rights and a defender of the rule of law for more than three decades, and we will continue to honor her legacy in every way possible,” said John Thrasher, the president of the National Organization for Marriage.
“We are grateful to her for her service, her integrity and her courage to stand up to the forces of bigotry and discrimination in this country,” he said in the statement.
Kagan has said she is not afraid of the consequences of her stance on same-gendered marriage.
In a speech on Tuesday, she argued that the courts should not interfere with the states’ ability to define marriage and urged states to be careful about interfering in the states constitutional right to define and define marriage.
The issue has also been a focal point in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump, a Republican, has said he supports gay marriage and opposes the ruling, but he has also spoken out about other issues, including transgender rights and the possibility of a third term for President Barack Obama.
Karen Pence, the wife of Indiana Gov.
Mike Pence, who endorsed Trump in 2016, released a statement on Thursday calling Kagan’s statements about same-class marriage “unbelievable.”
“Justice Kennedy and other judges should take a moment to reflect on the tremendous moral, political and legal issues that surround the same- sex marriage issue and reflect on what they would do if the court had any influence on our lives, families and communities,” Pence said.