Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling which legalized same-sex marriage.  Before it was legalized, it was "live and let live." and we were asked "How would someone's gay marriage affect your straight marriage?" Well, now we're finding out. The hard way. Business owners who cater to the wedding industry have been forced to participate in gay weddings or fined for refusing to do so. County Clerks have been jailed over refusing to issue marriage licenses. Bans on counseling for same-sex attraction have been implemented and religious freedom of individuals and organizations remain threatened.  The moral shift has been swift and far-reaching.  America is on a path of intolerance and suppression of deeply-held beliefs. The challenge to all people of goodwill is to protect religious freedom and conscience—which are protected by the Constitution.