Same-Sex "Marriage" and Religious Liberty
(Hat tip: Creative Minority Report)
The coming persecution of believers over their opposition to same-sex "marriage" has been discussed here (see links at the bottom of this post), as well as by our old friend Regular Guy Paul (see Paul's many posts with the tag "gay 'marriage' "), on numerous occasions.
Rod Dreher also notes which way the wind in blowing:
I hate to bring this up again, given how the combox chatter will go, but the next time somebody asks, rhetorically, how Adam and Steve's marriage is going to hurt anybody else, refer them to this National Public Radio story. Excerpt:(emphasis added)As states have legalized same-sex partnerships, the rights of gay couples have consistently trumped the rights of religious groups. Marc Stern, general counsel for the American Jewish Congress, says that does not mean that a pastor can be sued for preaching against same-sex marriage. But, he says, that may be just about the only religious activity that will be protected.***
"What if a church offers marriage counseling? Will they be able to say 'No, we're not going to help gay couples get along because it violates our religious principles to do so? What about summer camps? Will they be able to insist that gay couples not serve as staff because they're a bad example?" Stern asks.
Stern says if the early cases are any guide, the outlook is grim for religious groups.
A few cases: Yeshiva University was ordered to allow same-sex couples in its married dormitory. A Christian school has been sued for expelling two allegedly lesbian students. Catholic Charities abandoned its adoption service in Massachusetts after it was told to place children with same-sex couples. The same happened with a private company operating in California.
A psychologist in Mississippi who refused to counsel a lesbian couple lost her case, and legal experts believe that a doctor who refused to provide IVF services to a lesbian woman is about to lose his pending case before the California Supreme Court.
And then there's the case of a wedding photographer in Albuquerque, N.M.
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Bork Predicts “Terrible Conflict” Will Endanger U.S. Catholics’ Religious Freedom
Same-Sex "Marriage" and the Persecution of Civil Society
InsideCatholic on "The Unintended Consequences of Gay Marriage"
Secularist Attacks on the Catholic Church in Britain
Regular Guy Paul on What's Next for Same-Sex "Marriage"
Federal Judge: Catholic Church’s Position Against Homosexual Adoptions Justifies Government Hostility Towards Church
San Francisco's Hateful Anti-Catholic Resolution Prompts Lawsuit by Thomas More Center
Catholic League Says Gay Adoption Issue Spurring Anti-Catholic Bigotry
9th Circuit Rules Okay to Censor Terms "Marriage" and "Family Values" as Hate Speech
UK Catholic Schools Endangered by Sexual Orientation Regulations
Official Anti-Catholic Bigotry Returns to British Parliament
"A Charter for Suing Christians"
A Catholic Londoner on "The Last Acceptable Prejudice"
British Bishops: U.K. Sex Equality Law "Threatens Catholic Adoption Agencies"
UK: Churches "Could be Forced to Bless Gay Weddings"
The Coming Persecution of Churches Over "Gay Marriage"
The Coming Conflict Between Same-Sex "Marriage" and Religious Liberty