Now that federal judicial review will be made against the backdrop of the worst act of terrorism in the nation’s history, an act of terrorism conducted in part because of an individual’s religious objections to LGBTQ lifestyles.
Clearly, the targeting of the gay nightclub by the fanatic Muslim shooter for religious reasons creates optics that are virtually impossible for appellate judges to ignore while considering a new state law that contradicts the Supreme Court’s most recent ruling on same-sex marriage.
The national backlash against HB 1523, as Bryant has acknowledged in public appearances of late, has been withering despite drawing praise from voices like Rev. Franklin Graham.
The Orlando shootings will likely intensify and focus that national backlash.