DALLAS — Gov. Mike Huckabee, honorary national chairman of My Faith Votes, releases the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling backing Colorado baker Jack Phillips:
“The Supreme Court’s 7-2 ruling in favor of Colorado baker Jack Phillips still leaves unfinished the untangling of the knot of conflicting rights the SCOTUS created. By saying there is a right to same-sex marriage, the Court also created a huge muddle in which that newly-invented right conflicted with the enumerated First Amendment right to freely practice your religious beliefs without government restraint. I expect there will be many more such cases as liberal state officials try to find ways to infringe on religious beliefs while being cagier about hiding their hostility to religion. Maybe someday, a future SCOTUS (possibly one with a Trump-appointed replacement for Kennedy) will get tired of dealing with the endless end-run attempts and finally issue a decisive ruling that the government cannot compel anyone to violate his or her religious beliefs, but it would have been a lot easier for everyone concerned if they would have just done it now.
“I’ll bet the Founders thought they were being fairly clear when they wrote, as the very first words of the Bill of Rights, ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…’”
My Faith Votes is a nonpartisan movement focused on motivating Christians in America to participate in local and domestic elections. By partnering with local churches, pastors and national faith leaders, My Faith Votes mobilizes and resources Christians to lead the conversation on the place of faith in culture and politics. Gov. Mike Huckabee serves as the organization’s honorary national chairman.