A gay couple wants to be married in a Catholic church, and is denied. Gay couple then takes Catholic church to court on discrimination. Does tax-exempt Catholic church have the right to pick and choose who can get married within their walls, or do the rights of the gay couple to be married trump the church?
I'd say the over/under on this reaching SCOTUS is 30 months.
I'll say it again (I've posted on this many times), that I don't have a problem with gay couples getting married. My dad was married 5 times. Divorce has been a regular occurrence in my family, with members having been divorced more than once. Gay people getting married didn't end any of my father's marriages, and it will have no impact on mine. I think it's messed up that a committed couple couldn't make end-of-life decisions, transfer estates, etc. with their partner, based on their same sex status. I'm glad to see that is changing.
The problem I see with the gay community, is that the ruling today won't be enough. There will be a push by some couple to get married in a deeply religious place (maybe the Vatican), who will be denied, and then the fight against the Catholic church will be on in full force. An institution that is sacred and incredible important to many will have to defend their beliefs against an ever-growing secular community.
The gay community won't honor or respect the Catholic traditions (but at the same time will demand the Catholic church honor and respect theirs), and another pillar of what this Country was built on will be destroyed.
I'm not a religious person, but I go to church with my family on a semi-regularly basis. I don't have a problem with what the church says, or the method in which it is delivered. I don't protest and argue with the parts of Catholicism I disagree with. I'm not so sure the gay community can manage that same restraint.
I hope I'm wrong, and the gay community will let the religious community "be", as the Catholic church has done with the gay community. I just don't think it is possible. The "marry-me-where-I-want-to-be-married-or-I'll-sue" mentality is out there, if for no other reason then to "get" the Catholic church.