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Marriage Equality: What will religious conservatives do now?

Marriage Equality: What will religious conservatives do now?

After yesterday’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage, David Gibson of Religion News Service offers four possible paths forward for religious conservatives who oppose marriage equality. Could yesterday’s rulings be for marriage equality what Roe v. Wade was for abortion? He writes:

Ironically, a sweeping Supreme Court decision in favor of gay rights could be the best thing to happen to gay marriage opponents.

The precedent here is the 1973 high court ruling legalizing abortion, Roe v. Wade. That decision was supposed to be the end of the national debate over abortion, but instead it was only the beginning. Some say that when the justices – led by Anthony Kennedy’s swing vote – overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act this week they set up a similar scenario:

“Kennedy’s decision is the Roe v. Wade of this generation, not this generation’s Brown v. the Board of Education,” said Maggie Gallagher of the American Principles Project, referring to the landmark decision that struck down racial segregation in schools.

“Just as forty years after Roe v. Wade abortion opponents continue to fight for the pro-life agenda, pro traditional marriage supporters will fight on as well,” agreed Rick McDaniel, senior pastor at the Richmond Community Church in Virginia.

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tgflux

Woo Hoo, same-sex couples in California are getting married TODAY!!! Mazel Tov! Alleluia! 😀

JC Fisher

Rod Gillis

check this out, from the article in link below,

“The quintet would be the court’s four liberal judges, plus Justice Anthony Kennedy, the swing-voter who wrote the DOMA decision. Nature’s God would be the Christian God.

Marriage “is something God created,” said Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. “That is something God will define. The Supreme Court, though they may not think so, have not yet arisen to the level of God.”

That would be the view of many evangelicals. Several other church groups, though, supported the court’s decision. The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., rang its bells in celebration.”

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/06/27/f-vp-neil-macdonald-republicans-same-sex-marriage.html

Geoffrey McLarney

What Laura said: Ms Gallagher is optimistically assuming that in 40 years there will still be anti-marriage folks to be galvanized. (And as even Fox News has noted, the DOMA ruling is a “pro-traditional marriage” decision).

Bill Ghrist

The Supreme Court rulings may have a short term galvanizing effect for the rabid anti-gay crowd, but it looks as though this is likely to “age-out” as a major divisive issue. There is nowhere near the inter-generational difference in attitudes toward abortion as there now is with respect to gay rights.

Toepferblue

I doubt that marriage equality will be as galvanizing as Roe v. Wade for the simple reason that marriage is visible and outward. As people see loving gay couples, the arguments about it seem to dissipate. The visuals are on the side of marriage in a way that’s simply impossible for abortion advocates.

Laura Toepfer

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