Mirror of Justice

A blog dedicated to the development of Catholic legal theory.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Some reactions to the Cakeshop case

Here are some quick thoughts of mine -- not nearly so well developed as Marc's! -- on the Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling.  Here's a (perhaps overly optimistic) bit:

The Court affirmed that religious and other conscientious beliefs regarding same-sex marriage are constitutionally protected, even when unpopular. The justices recognized that deep and sincere disagreements persist about these matters and that both our First Amendment and the needs of civil society require balance, understanding, and humility.

Although the decision is not definitive, and the justices seemed deliberately to avoid the difficult but important constitutional questions that most Court-watchers thought were at stake, the ruling can be seen as a prudent way for the Court to invite civil dialogue and conversation, rather than more rancor and litigation, about striking the right balance in our pluralistic society.


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