Religious liberty setback at court may not be final
Religious liberty's latest setback at the U.S. Supreme Court in its ongoing face-off with sexual liberty is disappointing but may not prove conclusive, Southern Baptist religious freedom advocates said.
The high court opted not to review a Hawaii Court of Appeals decision against a bed and breakfast that declined to rent a room to a same-sex couple. By their refusal, the justices permitted the lower court ruling to stand in their March 18 orders.
A lesbian couple brought suit against Phyllis Young, the owner of Aloha Bed & Breakfast, because she declined to rent a room to them and instead referred them to another establishment. Young, because of her Roman Catholic faith, refuses to rent the three other bedrooms of the house in which she lives to any couple other than a married man and woman....
Well, it looks like Phyllis lost this one...too bad. I don't think the last article mentioned that she was Roman Catholic, which is too bad as well, but she still did the right thing.
I thought the following from the article was interesting, because it says that the Supreme Court Judges are waiting for just the right case that will garner four votes to begin tipping the scales of religious liberty in our direction:
"Five conservative justices will be looking for the right case to expand the victory for religious liberty in Masterpiece Cakeshop," Michael Whitehead told BP in an email. "If there were not four votes to hear Aloha B&B, it only means that the conservatives believe this is not the best fact pattern to garner five or more votes for religious freedom. At the right time, the right facts will attract four votes to grant [review] and five votes to move the needle in favor of religious freedom."