Just ONE day into a new term and US Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas are putting forward their argument for overturning the marriage equality act of 2015.
It follows the court’s decision on Monday not to follow-up a case involving former Rowan County Clerk and bigot Kim Davis. As you may recall, clerk Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples as it is against her religious views.
Two of the couples were given the go-ahead to file lawsuits against Davis, despite her lawyers arguing she “qualified immunity” to exert her baseless hate.
While Thomas and Alito agreed the case should not be taken up by the Supreme Court, they also remarked that same-sex marriage would continue to infringe on the rights of religious Americans, and thus the only resolution is to reverse it.
“In Obergefell v. Hodges … the Court read a right to same-sex marriage into the Fourteenth Amendment, even though that right is found nowhere in the text. Several Members of the Court noted that the Court’s decision would threaten the religious liberty of the many Americans who believe that marriage is a sacred institution between one man and one woman.
“If the States had been allowed to resolve this question through legislation, they could have included accommodations for those who hold these religious beliefs. … The Court, however, bypassed that democratic process. Worse still, though it briefly acknowledged that those with sincerely held religious objections to same-sex marriage are often ‘decent and honorable,’ … the Court went on to suggest that those beliefs espoused a bigoted worldview.”
But… they do? It’s so weird how bigots can’t get their head around bigotry; if you don’t accept people based of their sexuality, race, or religion, you’re a bigot. Simple.
Alito added to that:
“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. Until then, Obergefell will continue to have ‘ruinous consequences for religious liberty.’”
The news is perhaps even more disturbing for queer Americans following the death of advocate and assistant Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has been suggested by Trump to be replaced with right-wing pundit and conservative Catholic Amy Coney Barrett.
Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign said:
“There is no doubt in my mind that Amy Coney Barrett would join Thomas, Alito and others on the Court to chip away at LGBTQ rights, voting rights, reproductive rights, and our right to health care,” he added. “This is unconscionable, and we must do all that we can to prevent it from happening.”