The boundaries are usually peaceful, so it’s easy sometimes to forget they are there.But because marriage affects just about every area of the law, gay marriage is going to create a point of conflict at every point around the perimeter.”As general counsel for the American Jewish Congress, Marc Stern knows religious liberty law from the inside out.“This is going to affect every aspect of church-state relations.” Recent years, he predicts, will be looked back on as a time of relative peace between church and state, one where people had the luxury of litigating cases about things like the Ten Commandments in courthouses.
Did they do it because they couldn’t foresee that these problems would arise? There will be some holdouts, but I’m not sure how long they can manage.
Or did they do it because they knew that if they wrote about these things, and people began to grasp that Christian colleges could be forced to comply or close down, they wouldn’t be so quick to embrace LGBT rights? If these colleges cannot access government funds, many of them will be forced to close. And finally, how many students will want to go to colleges that have the stigma — fair or not — of being bigot factories?
“I thought I had a comprehensive catalog, but the adoption license issue didn’t occur to me.” This was at a time when every other person was asking, “What does my neighbors’ gay marriage have to do with me?
” — this, as a way of saying that it was no big deal.
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I put the question to Anthony Picarello, president and general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.Will they be considered by courts to be places of public accommodation, too?Could a religious summer camp operated in strict conformity with religious principles refuse to accept children coming from same-sex marriages?“Millennials are looking at the issue of gay marriage, and more and more they are saying, ‘OK, we know the Bible talks about this, but we just don’t see this as an essential of the faith,” says Brad Harper, a professor of theology and religious history at Multnomah University, an evangelical Christian institution in Portland, Ore. “It’s certainly going to be an issue,” Verrilli answered.The report goes on to explain that Christian colleges who hold on to Biblical teaching on homosexuality are facing serious legal challenges, as well as challenges from a huge cultural shift among young Americans, even those identifying as Christians. “I don’t deny that.” The exchange alarmed officials at conservative religious schools, for whom the loss of tax-exempt status or federal funding would be devastating.Just how serious are the coming conflicts over religious liberty stemming from gay marriage?