"'Today's decision . . . will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.' Obergefell v. Hodges, 135 S. Ct. 2584, 2642 (2015) (Alito, J., dissenting). Mississippi legislators acted quickly to protect the "[m]any good and decent people [who] oppose same-sex marriage as a tenet of faith." Id. at 2625 (Roberts, C.J., dissenting).
The free exercise of religion is not discrimination. Obergefell created catastrophic challenges for religious liberty but could not craft the accommodations to preserve that liberty. '[T]his Court is not a legislature.' Id. at 2611. HB 1523 is neither a license to discriminate nor an unconstitutional endorsement of religion, but a protection for citizens whose views Obergefell disparaged. Plaintiffs' views, now stamped with Supreme Court approval, need no further protection—and their disagreement with others is not a legally cognizable injury. In a free society, no one can escape offense."