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I'm translating the Obergefell v. Hodges judgment into another language. As a non-native speaker, I really struggled with this sentence:

The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times. The generations that wrote and ratified the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment did not presume to know the extent of freedom in all of its dimensions, and so they entrusted to future generations a character protecting the right of all persons to enjoy liberty as we learn its meaning.

What does "entrust a character" mean here? I know that "entrust" means assigning responsibility, but what does "character" mean? A distinctive mental quality? How do you entrust that to someone?

Thank you so much!

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    I would surmise that this refers to "character" in the sense of "moral excellence and firmness". – Hot Licks Dec 17 '15 at 4:25
  • @HotLicks- I up-voted your comment and hope that you will expand on it to form a proper answer to this question. – Mark Hubbard Dec 17 '15 at 4:31
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is founded on a misreading of (or typographical error in) the text. – Jim Dec 17 '15 at 4:55
  • @Jim Thanks so much for pointing this out! Everything makes sense now... Sorry about not googling before I asked the question. – gonnastop Dec 17 '15 at 4:59
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It seems to be a typo.

The generations that wrote and ratified the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment did not presume to know the extent of freedom in all of its dimensions, and so they entrusted to future generations a charter protecting the right of all persons to enjoy liberty as we learn its meaning.

The U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

  • Ah thanks so much! I got the text from a reliable source, but it seems like they got it wrong... Thanks again! Makes so much more sense now. – gonnastop Dec 17 '15 at 4:59

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