Secular Coalition Statement On The Resignation of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy

Washington, DC -- The Secular Coalition for America released the following statement today in response to news that Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the longest-serving member of the court, will be retiring. For years, Kennedy has been a pivotal swing vote on the Court, responsible for rulings that legalized same-sex marriage and preserved Roe v. Wade.

Statement by Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America

"This is a time for every single United States Senator to take stock of what it means to be an American. The experiment of American democracy has always been built on the premise that all people, from every background, deserve equal respect and rights under the law. Unfortunately, we are living in a time when lawmakers at the highest levels of our government reject this ideal and are actively working to narrow the definition of "American" to include only those who share their identity and their religion. As a country, we have reached a precipice and the Supreme Court may be all that is keeping us from stepping over the edge."

"The minimum acceptable criteria for any Supreme Court Justice should include a commitment to defending the constitutional separation of church and state. In just the past three weeks, the Supreme Court has considered three cases, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Trump v. Hawaii, and NIFLA v. Becerra, in which religion was used to infringe on the rights of others. This is only the tip of the iceberg. There will undoubtedly be many more cases like this, and we need a Supreme Court Justice who will issue rulings based on the Constitution, not adherence to some religious or political agenda. The future of our country is at stake, and it is the responsibility of every American to do their part to help ensure it is not forfeited."

Contact: Casey Brescia
Senior Communications Associate and Spokesman
[email protected], (845) 380-6201


The Secular Coalition for America is the nation's premier advocacy organization representing atheists, humanists, agnostics, and other nontheists. Its mission is to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all. The Secular Coalition represents 19 voting member organizations.

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