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Is There a ‘Dignity Clause’ in the Constitution?

Last week three individuals sued the governor because Tennessee does not allow them to change their birth certificate from male to female now that they have figured out which one they want to be.

But most telling is this assertion in the complaint, “Tennessee’s Birth Certificate Policy . . . violates the United States Constitution’s guarantees of equal dignity.”

When did dignity become something protected by the Constitution? The answer? In 2015, when the Supreme Court, in Obergefell v. Hodges, said same-sex couples desiring to marry had a right to “equal dignity in the eyes of the law.”

But the most tragic thing of all is to believe that dignity comes from the law, not from having been made in the image of God.


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