Not all laws are to be obeyed. There is biblical (Hebrew midwives), historical (underground railroad), and constitutional precedent (Dred Scott case) for civil disobedience.
Martin Luther King, Jr., insisted in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” “that everyone has a ‘legal’ and ‘moral responsibility’ to follow just laws, but that one equally ‘has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.’ He cites St. Augustine [“An unjust law is no law at all.”] and St. Thomas Aquinas [“an unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal and natural law”] to justify this latter claim. He provides definitions to distinguish between just and unjust laws. A just law conforms to the ‘moral law or the law of God,’ while an unjust law is ‘out of harmony with the moral law.'” (Source)
Now we come to the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage…
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