Thursday, July 06, 2017

The Boston Globe Editorial Board: Using ‘free speech’ as a cover for discrimination

The Boston Globe editorial board :
But there’s another right hanging in the balance, rooted in the 14th Amendment and codified by the Supreme Court in 2015: the right to same-sex marriage.

Historically, courts have tried to strike an equitable balance between expanded civil rights and religious expression. Since the Civil Rights Act was enacted, in 1964, lawmakers and the courts have allowed some exemptions but have tended to draw the line when claims of religious freedom are used to justify discrimination. As James Esseks, director of the ACLU LGBT project put it: “You have freedom to believe and to preach your faith, until your actions harm other people.”

The Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision two years ago was transformative, addressing vital claims to liberty and dignity for millions of gay Americans.
Do you really think when Congress debated the 14th Amendment that they thought it applied to gays getting married? Just a reminder, The Boston Globe isn't for a free market in speech or goods and services....