Plaintiff in landmark marriage equality case concerned about new Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — A possible shift in the Supreme Court, with the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is prompting questions about how a Justice Barrett would rule in cases that involve a variety of issues. One of them is LGBTQ rights.

Two conservative justices dissented in a case last week, signaling their view that the 2015 ruling, which legalized same-sex marriage across the country, infringes on religious freedom.

The plaintiff and namesake of that landmark case Jim Obergefell told NewsNation affiliate WCMH, that he’s concerned about the future of marriage equality.

“To have that ripped away from us. To be told point-blank by the Supreme Court that we do not matter, we are not the same, we do not deserve the same rights, the same as every other family in this nation, that would be devastating,” he said.

Some conservatives argue that the court overstepped in that 2015 ruling. They say the Constitution doesn’t address the issue of marriage and that the decision forces people to accept something to which they might be morally opposed.

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