KC-area lawyers weigh in on biz effects of same-sex ruling
"Kansas City-area lawyers don't foresee huge changes for business owners now that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriages are legal nationwide, but a few areas bear watching.
'I don’t think there is anything in the opinion that would require ministers to marry a couple if it's against their religion,' said Richard Levy, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Kansas. 'It’s really no different than would already exist for various other kinds of things. For example, a minister might refuse to perform an interfaith marriage, and that’s fine. What this ruling addresses is the states’ obligations to recognize gay marriage and grant licenses at the level of the law. It says nothing about what private religious institutions must do.'”