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Lee Hall

Weaverville, NC

The First Amendment to the Constitution

makes it clear that Congress (the government) cannot prohibit the free exercise of religion; but that is exactly what the majority opinion in Obergfell v. Hodges does.

Chief Justice Roberts in his dissent wrote “Today’s decision, for example, creates serious questions about religious liberties.”

He points out that as a result of this decision, “Christians can advocate or teach their views of marriage,” but “no freedom to exercise them exists” — a clear violation of the free exercise clause of the First Amendment.

He gives us clear warning that if the due process clause of the 14th Amendment can be used to take away this religious liberty, then future court decisions can take away other constitutional liberties. How interesting and dangerous that five justices can use part of the Constitution to violate other parts.

Other justices in their dissents warned of the imprudence of eliminating time honored and historical marital practices.

Isaiah prophesied of a time when standards and behavioral attitudes would be reversed. Isaiah 5:20: Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 

Lee Hall, Weaverville