Now that gay marriage is legal nationwide, some conservative Christians are bracing themselves for an ongoing battle between religious freedom and same-sex marriage.
What will happen to thousands of faith-based charities, hospitals, colleges, and private businesses that operate based on the belief that homosexual relationships are morally wrong?
In the majority opinion granting gays the right to marry Friday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy spoke to this very issue.
According to him, First Amendment protections are in place for religious objectors, who “may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned.”
But in his dissent, Chief Justice John Roberts predicted a clash ahead between religious freedom and same-sex marriage. He specifically noted the dilemma for religious colleges that provide married student housing, and adoption agencies that won’t place children with gay couples.
“There is little doubt that these and similar questions will soon be before this court,” Roberts wrote.
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