Virginia to urge the United States Supreme Court to strike down the laws in Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
How Catholic institutions will respond is not entirely clear. Frankly, I’m doubtful that’s the approach the Catholics will take. But no comparable harm results from consenting same-sex relationships.CT has regularly reported on segregation, including examining whether or not evangelicals are doing well pursuing racial integration.Consider that California was the flashpoint for marriage of a different sort in 1948.The parallel in the context of public policy is also apt, since American law recognizes the legality of divorce and remarriage and the church does not. American law’s time-honored deference to the separation of church and state is very much in evidence regarding divorce.The First Amendment’s admonishment against government interference in religion is respected.How will Catholics eventually deal with the reality of same-sex marriage in American life?Well, consider the issue of divorce and remarriage. I’m no theologian, but the comparison of same-sex marriage with the issue of divorce and remarriage seems theologically apt.Catholic teaching states that any sexual relationship outside of the sacrament of marriage is wrong.Hence, those in same-sex relationships and those remarried without annulment are in pretty much the same position from the perspective of the church.It is obvious on its face, that race is totally irrelevant to the reality of marriage.In 1967, two Catholic social services agencies and eleven bishops in the states that still had laws prohibiting interracial marriage used a “friend-of-the-court” brief in Loving v.