If Marriage Equality is Overturned by SCOTUS, Interracial Marriages May Be Next

If Marriage Equality is Overturned by SCOTUS, Interracial Marriages May Be Next

Last week, the Supreme Court chose not to take up a case brought to them by former Rowan County (Kentucky) Clerk Kim Davis, the anti-gay government official who wouldn’t issue same-sex marriage licenses even though that was her job. But that wasn’t the big news.

The headlines focused on how two justices, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alitoissued a statement saying that, while they agreed it was the right move not to hear this particular case, they believed the Obergefell ruling that legalized marriage equality nationwide needed to be overturned.

That was especially disturbing because Chief Justice John Roberts dissented in Obergefell, two new justices have been appointed to the court by Donald Trump, and another vehemently anti-LGBTQ judge will likely join them within weeks. There’s a very strong chance that, like abortion rights, marriage equality will soon be overturned.

Because this is obviously a matter centered around religion and “religious freedom” (i.e. faith-based bigotry), the leaders of the Congressional Freethought Caucus have issued a statement denouncing that possibility.

Representatives Jared Huffman and Jamie Raskin sent this along in an email:

Suggesting reversal of this landmark ruling is a dramatic attack on the LGBTQ+ community that turns religious liberty into a weapon against other people’s fundamental rights. Religious freedom isn’t the right to compel the government to deny the equal rights of other citizens. But, as members of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, we see right-wing forces on the Court and in Congress trying to twist religious free exercise into a bizarre new right to make the state discriminate against disfavored groups.

Any government that can turn the clock back to discriminate against same-sex couples can also turn it back to discriminate against interracial and interfaith couples. Nothing could be more deeply at odds with our principles of constitutional freedom and equality for all Americans.

That right there is alarming. The congressmen are saying that if marriage equality can be overturned, there’s really nothing that could prevent Christians from making the same argument in other ways.

What happens if a county clerk refuses to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple using the same justification as Kim Davis? What happens if a baker refuses to sell a wedding cake to an interfaith couple? If religion becomes a legal excuse to avoid following the law, it would be a disaster.

This is not a slippery slope fallacy. While fewer Christians have a problem with interracial/interfaith couples, those bigots exist. It’s up to our courts — and our legislators — to make sure bigotry has no place in the public square. With a conservative supermajority on the Supreme Court, that protection could be out the window.

2 thoughts on “If Marriage Equality is Overturned by SCOTUS, Interracial Marriages May Be Next

  1. Yes, I suppose a ruling against same-sex marriages could expand to other areas, but I tend to think not. SEX is a BIG THING among evangelicals — and they tend to focus on it much more than the other mentioned issues. Yes, slippery slopes are always possible, but generally speaking, I agree with the writer. If the bigots can swing this, I think they’ll be satisfied. I’m sure they’ll still “make noise” about the other issues, but for them, this is the BIGGIE.

    In any case, I don’t see this as being an “easy win” for them. In fact, I am more inclined to say they will have a bloody battle ahead of them if they actually try to move in that direction.

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    1. Hello Nan. I think people underestimate how much hate and rage has been uncovered and stoked the last four years. Couple that with the idea being pushed in to law that religion has priority over any laws, and gives you permission to violate any anti-discrimination law leads to everything on the table. Once you give religions doctrine supremacy over one area of the laws, they will demand it in all the other areas of law also. It sets them up for the field goal of religious supremacy they have been driving hard for. Notice all the judges that have been installed are young, white, and very religious. They all belong to the Federalist Society which is the ones picking them out.

      It was not long ago and still is unofficial doctrine today that in mormon society black people were less class people. Bob Jones university only changed their anti-mixed race policies when threatened by a more liberal administration, and that wouldn’t happen today. They only desegregated in 2000. I think these people will keep pushing for their religion in schools now, the ending of things they don’t like, more political freedoms with no responsibility such as taxes or fair play, and over all the domination of their religion in all areas of life. Hugs


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