It was not all that long ago that the Supreme Court held that runaway slaves had to be returned to their owners, even if the runaway had made it to a free state. People in free states who harbored runaway slaves were breaking the law.
Rep. Hickey and others maintain that it is sinful to break the law. Are the souls of those who illegally harbored slaves still in Hell? Are Catholics who ate meat on Friday back when it was illegal still in Purgatory? Is Thomas Jefferson still trying to justify his defiance of tyranny?