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'This is not over': Harris warns Supreme Court may target gay marriage, contraception next

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WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris warned Monday that other established rights such as same-sex marriage and access to contraception could come under assault from the Supreme Court next following the high court's decision Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade.

"I definitely believe this is not over," Harris said in an interview on CNN, responding to a concurring opinion by conservative Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, who wrote the court should "reconsider" other "demonstrably erroneous decisions" involving the due process clause. 

"I think he just said the quiet part out loud," Harris said. "And I think that is why we all must really understand the significance of what just happened. This is profound."

Thomas singled out Griswold v. Connecticut, the 1965 Supreme Court opinion that invalidated a law that forbid contraception based on a right to privacy; the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges case that legalized same-sex marriage nationally; and the 2013 Lawrence v. Texas ruling that invalidated state prohibitions on sodomy.

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Why it matters

Harris's remarks serve as a warning for Democrats that other rights, not just abortion rights, are on the ballot this November. 

Biden and Democrats have urged pro-abortion rights voters upset about last week's Supreme Court decision to elect more senators and members of Congress who will vote to codify a constitutional right to abortion. The push comes as Democrats face strong headwinds to hold on to power of Congress during the November elections amid rising inflation. 

Right now, Democrats simply lack the votes to codify Roe. The Senate voted down doing so 49-51 in May. 

Harris' message: The stakes are much bigger than even Roe. 

More:Clarence Thomas calls for Supreme Court to 'reconsider' gay marriage, contraception after Roe v. Wade falls

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