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Overheard: The Conversation, in Context

"Same-sex marriage is everywhere, all of the time. One cannot hide from it."

—University of Notre Dame law professor Gerard Bradley, in a post for a conservative think tank, arguing that the Supreme Court's narrow rulings on marriage equality had, to date, left wide open the question of whether same-sex marriage should be revered and  prioritized above freedom of religion. In June, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, arguing that the state's Civil Rights Commission treated the baker unfairly when a commissioner disparaged his faith as "despicable." But the court's ruling sidestepped the issue of whether business owners can refuse service in the name of religion, meaning the push and pull between religious and marriage freedoms will only continue.

A version of this story originally appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Pacific Standard. Subscribe now to support independent journalism in the public interest.