With the ink barely dry on the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on same-sex marriage, retailers and publishers gathered to consider the implications for the Christian resources industry.
A little more than 48 hours after the controversial 5-4 ruling, which placed the country at what he called “a crossroads in time,” CBA President Curtis Riskey prayed that those attending the first ICRS General Session, focusing on religious liberty issues, might have wisdom to exhibit God’s peace and grace, while “standing firm in the truth and in faith.”
The timely session asking “Can you be a Christian and in Business?” was moderated by Craig Parshall, special counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, discussing the situation with fellow attorneys Doug Napier, from Alliance Defending Freedom, and Daniel Blomberg, of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
The Supreme Court ruling placed attendees “on the cutting edge of an important, critically profound issue,” said Parshall, the full ramifications of which will not be seen for some time. More than just being about same-sex marriage, Friday’s decision was another sign of “an inevitable train wreck coming between the proponents of sexual liberty and those of religious liberty,” warned Napier.
Blomberg found some positives in the justices’ decision, noting that it referenced the First Amendment protections for people of “goodwill and good faith” who object to same-sex marriage in religious grounds. In addition, in the past few months the Supreme Court had ruled five times for religious liberty, “resoundingly” in some cases.
The three men discussed some of the recent high profile cases of Christian businesses sued for refusing to serve same-sex weddings, looking at the different decisions and factors in each case, and encouraged retailers to become educated about federal and state legislation that affected them.