Same-sex marriage foes are flagging a mostly-missed moment from last week’s Supreme Court arguments over the constitutionality of gay marriage, calling it a warning sign for religious freedom.
They point to an exchange between Justice Samuel Alito and the administration’s top lawyer, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli. Alito asked if, in the event the Supreme Court holds that there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, would religious colleges risk losing their tax-exempt status if they continued to advocate for traditional marriage only.
Verrilli responded, “I don’t deny that … It is going to be an issue.”
Travis Weber, director of the Family Research Council’s Center for Religious Liberty, said he believed Verrilli’s logic would eventually extend to churches and just about “anyone holding a traditional view of marriage.”
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