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  • Writer's pictureBella Manes

Same-Sex Marriage In Jeopardy With A Republican Controlled Court

Earlier this month a trial came to the Supreme Court concerning Kim Davis. Davis became known for her actions as a county clerk in Kentucky in 2015, when she refused to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples, claiming that her religious beliefs stood in the way of her ability to accept it. The Supreme Court turned down the trial, but what really worries us is this statement released after the trial was turned down; "Davis may have been one of the first victims of this Court's cavalier treatment of religion in its Obergefell decision, but she will not be the last." This quote from Justices Alito and Thomas makes it very clear that they do not intend to drop this issue, only this case. With Coney Barrett's potential confirmation into the Supreme Court this could mean a very uncertain future for the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage shouldn't even be allowed to be an issue brought to court. What happened to separation of church and state? If the main reason for the overturning of same-sex marriage is because it goes against certain religions, then it cannot be an issue in the court at all. Justices Thomas and Alito elaborated on their concerns about the legality of same-sex marriage by saying that the Obergefell decision is a threat to "religious liberties", meaning that they are allowing religion to influence their judicial decision-making. If Coney Barrett is confirmed she would make the sixth Catholic member of the Supreme Court, and the sixth conservative member of the Court. This weight in the court could create a dark reality in the very near future for the rights of LGTBQ+ people.

It is disgusting that we have managed to politicize love. It shouldn't matter who somebody chooses to love and therefor marry. It is inconceivable why and how somebody would want to take away one's right to marriage simply because they love somebody of their same gender. People are allowed to have their own opinions on rights and wrongs, but enforcing your opinion as law, especially with something as fundamental as marriage, is just flat out awful. We cannot sit by and watch this happen. We have to use our voices and speak up.

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