Experts in the areas of law, education, and public policy were recently asked what would be the issue that would be most prominent in 2018 in the United States, and the most common answer revolved around same-sex marriage and the consequences that extend to a society after the definition of marriage is changed.
2018 will mark three years since same-sex marriage became legal in the United States, but the flow-on effects are only now being felt, with academics predicting that the biggest issues to face the courts this year will all have an LGBT element to them.
Gregory Seltz, executive director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty predicted:
All things associated with marriage and gay marriage will continue to dominate the cases in the near future because of the false merging—my opinion, though shared by others—of the issues of marriage and civil rights. .
Other experts consulted all mentioned issues that revolved around the consequences of legalising same-sex marriage that we have discussed many times before: gender, transgender, and free speech conflicts. Responses included:
- I think the academic construct of gender is creating a dystopia in our culture that many expect the courtsto decide.
- We anticipate continued calls for censorship on campus.
- There will be an increase in laws that criminalize expression, for example pronouns…
- I think there will continue to be conflicts over the transgender question as well.
- [Cases to watch involve] other free speech cases colliding with the LGBT agenda
We are going to see similar cases come to courts in Australia with the legalisation of same-sex marriage, maybe not immediately but, as we have seen occur in the US, in the years following this change in law.
This is why it is critical that anyone who is concerned about the protection of freedom of speech, association and religion make their voices heard in the Ruddock review, with submissions closing on 14 February. You can read more about the review and find some information to assist you in preparing a submission here.