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!