By Amanda Hollis-Brusky
The decision prompted swift and intense reactions from both sides of the issue. Civil rights groups hailed the decision as “a huge victory for LGBTQ equality.” Christian conservatives responded with alarm, predicting that the ruling will have “seismic implications for religious liberty.”
But a close reading suggests that the ruling may not be as sweeping as both sides have characterized it. Of particular interest are the final few paragraphs of Gorsuch’s opinion, where he leaves open the possibility that these newly extended protections for LGBTQ individuals could be “supersede[d]” by religious liberty claims.
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