Magazine article Variety

The American Public Now Sees This as a Matter of Liberty

Magazine article Variety

The American Public Now Sees This as a Matter of Liberty

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Are we going to see a religious-freedom case before the court?

I suspect cases may be generated in different parts of the country with respect to the religious-freedom issues. I think those cases will percolate through the federal court system. Those cases will take a long time to get to the Supreme Court, and I think that the court will probably wait until it has a very compelling case to take.

Do you expect a backlash?

I think the backlash is going to be a lot less momentous than some people are predicting. The fact is that pretty much 60% of the American people accept marriage equality now. And something over 70% according to the polls of young people accept the rights of individuals to get married to the person they love, even if it is someone of the same sex. I think that major corporate employers have become reasonably supportive. Even more conservative political figures are trying to stay away from the issue, because they can read these polls just like everybody else can.

Could opposition to marriage equality hurt a presidential candidate?

Yes, I think so. In our Proposition 8 case, at that point there was about a 17-point differential in the polls, the majority opposing marriage equality. Now it is 15% to 16% in the other direction. …

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