Yes, very much so. And while it may be true, as some court watchers suggest, that a majority of justices are unlikely to outright overturn Obetgefell, we are clearly in for a major assault on LGBTQ rights.
The majority of the justices are embracing the idea that religious liberty means giving religious people the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people.
That’s a pretty radical concept of liberty, and something that is new in jurisprudence.
Religious liberty has never before in the history of the United States meant the liberty to oppress others. But that’s what we’re faced with today.
Even if Roberts declines to join a majority to overturn Obetgefell, based on his stated desire to honor precedent, he also favors this new idea that religious people ought to have the right to discriminate against minorities.
What we’re looking at over the next few years is a slow and steady whittling away of our right to exist in civil society as free and equal people. The justices have signaled their intent to stop protecting LGBTQ people based on constitutional principles.
So our equality and very humanity will be left to the political process.
Pity those of us, therefore, who don’t live in progressive parts of the United States. Our ability to live and prosper in peace will be balkanized, subject the tyranny of the majority.