Varieties of ‘Emotional Distress’

by Maggie Gallagher

So the Supreme Court disallowed the use of a tort of emotional distress in the Westboro Baptists case, saying it violated the First Amendment.

Consider a counterexample: The law is taking incredibly seriously the emotional distress of this same-sex couple, who were told a bed and breakfast hosts only “traditional weddings” — because the law calls the distress of being told you have to have your gay wedding ceremony somewhere else “discrimination.”

Those inflicting this emotional distress may be threatened with loss of their livelihood

The emotional distress of families burying sons who died for our country should be treated with at least equal seriousness.

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