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Marriage equality may be on the chopping block, warns FFRF’s Seidel

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Could this Supreme Court undo marriage equality? FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel answers that question in a new column for Religion Dispatches, contending that we should be worried:

When I look at this broken, packed, partisan Supreme Court, I don’t see a guardian — I see a threat to our basic human rights. I see an institution packed with ideologues eager to throw out decades of

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Could this Supreme Court undo marriage equality? FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel answers that question in a new column for Religion Dispatches, contending that we should be worried:

When I look at this broken, packed, partisan Supreme Court, I don’t see a guardian — I see a threat to our basic human rights. I see an institution packed with ideologues eager to throw out decades of settled law with cursory shadow docket opinions.

A quick head count shows six members willing to check any box on the conservative Christian wishlist. Barrett, Kavanaugh, Gorsuch, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts (who agrees fully on ideology, but not methodology — he wants slow, incremental change to preserve the legitimacy of the court). The six judges of the American apocalypse have already gutted reproductive rights and completely rewritten religious freedom and state/church separation as Christian privilege. But they’re just getting started.

I’ve warned that they’re coming for contraception soon. I know most people don’t want to think about it, perhaps can’t believe it’s a possibility, but marriage equality is also on the chopping block.

Seidel also refutes the most frequently offered rebuttal. “When I raise the possibility that this court might kill marriage equality, the most commonly raised counterargument is the administrative impossibility of untangling the web of rights — parental, property, tax, insurance, financial, estate-planning and so much more — that we weave into marriage,” he writes. You’ll want to read the column to find out why he doesn’t find this too persuasive.

Please read the piece on Religion Dispatches and then share it on your social media so that people are aware of just how much is at stake and how we can solve the problem. Then start calling your senators.

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