Free Speech Marriage Brief


Jeff Mateer, Liberty Institute General Counsel, Offers Eye-Witness Analysis from Today’s Supreme Court Oral Arguments That Will Determine the Future of Marriage Policy in America    


WASHINGTON, DC, April 28, 2015— Jeff Mateer, General Counsel for Liberty Institute, was present for oral arguments in the Obergefell v. Hodges cases pending in the United States Supreme Court, which may determine the future of marriage policy in America. 

Mateer said, “I was highly encouraged by the excellent arguments the states’ attorneys made for upholding traditional marriage. Justice Kennedy highlighted the fact that Western nations have used the man-woman definition of marriage for millennia, while same-sex marriage has existed a mere ten years, making it difficult for the Court to say, ‘oh, well, we know better.’  Meanwhile, Justice Breyer pointed out that the plaintiffs were asking ‘nine people outside the ballot box’ to redefine marriage for everyone.”

In Liberty Institute’s amicus brief for the Supreme Court, we highlighted the importance of protecting the Free Speech rights of people of faith in the marriage debate. View the brief here.

Mateer added, “I was encouraged to see the justices demonstrate a strong concern for how redefining marriage could impact people of faith, including pastors, churches, religious organizations, faith-based charities, and religiously affiliated schools. I am optimistic that the justices will do the right thing, upholding traditional marriage laws, allowing the public debate to continue, and protecting religious liberty for all Americans.”  

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2015 SCOTUS Free Speech Marriage Brief - Link

Press Release 04/02/2015 - Link


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