In their dissent in today’s SCOTUS ruling legalizing gay marriage in the United States, Justices Scalia, Alito, Thomas and Roberts warned of the battles to come and the chilling effect today’s decision will have on those still opposed to gay marriage. From The Atlantic:
And there were hints of the battles ahead. In each of their dissents, Thomas and Alito address the question of religious liberty, arguing that this decision will make it much more difficult for those who oppose gay marriage on the basis of faith to exercise their beliefs. “It will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy,” Alito writes. “In the course of its opinion, the majority compares traditional marriage laws to laws that denied equal treatment for African-Americans and women. The implications of this analogy will be exploited by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent.” Thomas predicts that the decision will present challenges for churches and other religious organizations that must now determine whether to recognize civil same-sex marriages, and Roberts warns of challenging questions about the tax status of religious non-profits, like colleges, that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
And it took about half-a-day until their predictions started to come true. The PennLive/The Patriot News media group announced that they will no longer print op-Eds or letters to the editors of those opposed to gay marriage:
And the now standard handy reminder:
Exactly. Where were the brave souls at PennLive when President Obama had exactly the same position of the voices they now seek to muzzle?