In the next few days, the U.S. Supreme Court will announce whether it will impose a redefinition of marriage on all America in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. The Court’s decision could:
The most difficult scenario, however, is the first one. For that reason, First Liberty Institute submitted a much-praised friend-of-the-court brief (amicus brief) asking the Court to decline to redefine marriage because of the potentially severe impact upon religious freedom and free speech any such ruling could have.
This week, Kelly Shackelford, President, CEO & Chief Counsel of First Liberty Institute, stated,
“Like many across America, I’m praying for the Court to do the right thing. But our main concern at First Liberty Institute is preserving the rights of people of faith—including those whose religious beliefs don’t agree with what the Court might impose.”
To be ready for how any decision could impact religious freedom, First Liberty Institute has prepared legal strategies ready to protect our foundational First Amendment rights no matter what the Court rules.
“No matter what the Court decides,” said Shackelford, “we are committed to defending and restoring religious liberty even as the battle for such key freedoms will expand and cases will multiply. There are solid measures that can be used to protect churches, ministries, employers, employees, students, teachers, and others whose faith tells them marriage is exclusively between one man and one woman. In fact, we’ve been preparing for months, helping organizations and individuals defend their religious liberty, and the results are promising.”
He added, “The Court’s decision won’t take us by surprise. We’re ready to defend and, if necessary, restore religious liberty across America.”
GAME PLAN TO RESPOND TO THE RULING’S IMPACT
First Liberty Institute’s 5-point legal strategy to deal with the post-Obergefell America that will be here soon:
“The battle for religious freedom is escalating,” said Shackelford, “And it is a battle we are ready for and can win with expert legal strategy.”
THE MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENT TO PRESERVING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM?
Shackelford told First Liberty Institute friends in a special video, “The real key will be the response of people of faith like you. Will people of faith needlessly give up? Or instead, will people of faith stand up? Will people of faith be willing to assert their legal rights and push back? Will people of faith come together and support each other as we use the law to say ‘no’ to attempts to misuse this decision to erase our freedoms?”
“We can win,” he said, “if we stand.”
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