Sunday, June 28, 2015

So Far, though getting a beating, the First Amendment still stands

We will see how durable or fragile it is in the upcoming weeks:

Justice Anthony Kennedy in his majority opinion on the same-sex marriage ruling acknowledges this.

Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned..............The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered.”

Chief Justice John Roberts, in his dissent, goes further, reminding the court that religious freedom rights are constitutional — unlike the new right to same-sex marriage: “Many good and decent people oppose same-sex marriage as a tenet of faith, and their freedom to exercise religion is unlike the right imagined by the majority—actually spelled out in the Constitution."