Retired Supreme Court Justice Kennedy named Liberty Medal recipient

Cherri Gregg
July 02, 2019 - 4:00 am
The Honorable Anthony Kennedy, the recently retired Associate Justice for the U.S. Supreme Court, will be the receive the 31st annual Liberty Medal this October. The award recognizes individuals who work to defend liberty across the globe.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The National Constitution Center announced its 2019 Liberty Medal Recipient, and the honoree was at the center of some of the country's most heated constitutional battles for decades.

The Honorable Anthony Kennedy, the recently retired Associate Justice for the U.S. Supreme Court, will receive the 31st annual Liberty Medal this October. The award recognizes individuals who work to defend liberty across the globe.

"It's really meaningful to bring Justice Kennedy to Philadelphia and to give him the liberty medal right across from Independence Hall," said the center's CEO Jeffrey Rosen.

Rosen says they are thrilled to present the award to Kennedy, who spent 30 years on the bench with two decades on the nation's highest court. 

The Stanford University and Harvard Law School educated jurist was the formidable swing vote on the court, authoring the majority opinion in the 2015 case that legalized gay marriage and in the 1992 case that affirmed Roe v. Wade.

"He has played a crucial road in some of the most landmark decisions, playing a critical role in protecting liberty for the last couple of decades," Rosen added. 

The Liberty Medal Ceremony takes place at the National Constitution Center on Oct. 27 at 5 p.m.  

Past recipients include Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, as well as Congressman John Lewis.