Washington D.C., Jul 3, 2013 / 16:13 pm
Although the Supreme Court's recent rulings on marriage were narrowly constructed, legal experts say they will likely have far-reaching consequences for society.
Hadley Arkes, professor of Jurisprudence and American Institutions at Amherst College, warned that the decisions "will have wide-reaching effects" within states because they make an "underlying moral judgment" that "sets off a dynamic of its own."
Arkes spoke at a July 1 panel at the Catholic Information Center in downtown Washington, D.C., on the effects of the Supreme Court's June decisions on two cases concerning same-sex "marriage."
Also on the panel were Edward Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and former Department of Justice official, and Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network.