Washington, D.C. – Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, extremist members of the rightwing US Supreme Court have called for the reversal of the decision to legalize same-sex marriage
in a concurring decision in a ruling that will allow a lawsuit against Kim Davis to go forward Davis is the former Rowan, Kentucky, county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to Gay couples that lawfully applied for them after the high court’s Obergefell decision legalizing same-sex marriage. Davis claimed that her First Amendment free exercise of religion rights would be infringed if she were forced to issue licenses for marriages she viewed as ungodly. She was sued by two Gay couples – David Ermold and David Moore, and James Yates and Will Smith.
Thomas, joined in his opinion by Alito, agreed with the court’s decision not to take up the case, but only on narrow technical grounds. In a scathing opinion, Thomas attacked the Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell decision and said it “bypassed the democratic process” and left people with religious objections to same-sex marriage “in the lurch.” “Davis may have been one of the first victims of this Court’s cavalier treatment of religion in its Obergefell decision, but she will not be the last,” Thomas wrote.
“Due to Obergefell, those with sincerely held religious beliefs concerning marriage will find it increasingly difficult to participate in society without running afoul of Obergefell and its effect on other antidiscrimination laws.” Thomas said the Obergefell ruling “enables courts and governments to brand religious adherents who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman as bigots, making their religious liberty concerns that much easier to dismiss.” “This petition provides a stark reminder of the consequences of Obergefell,” Thomas continued. “By choosing to privilege a novel constitutional right over the religious liberty interests explicitly protected in the First Amendment, and by doing so undemocratically, the court has created a problem that only it can fix.” Concerns for the future of marriage equality mount as Trump Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is known to be an adherent of a cult-like traditionalist Catholic organization and an opponent of LGBTQ rights. (Seattle Gay News – Mike Andrew at http://www.sgn.org/sgnnews48_41/page3.cfm}
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