“It’s certainly going to be an issue,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli replied when Justice Samuel Alito asked if schools that support the traditional definition of marriage would have to be treated like schools that once opposed interracial marriage. “I don’t deny that.”
Schools that opposed interracial marriage were denied their tax exempt status in 1983 following a 13-year battle between Bob Jones University and the Internal Revenue Service. Whether religious institutions will receive the same treatment as those that racially discriminate will lie in the hands of the Supreme Court.
A decision from the Court is expected to be made in about three months.