Same-Sex Marriage and the Implications for Religious Schools

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When the U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision was released last summer, there was no shortage of writers attempting to work through what the Court's statements meant both for the immediate future and the long term. Recently, Peter Leithart wrote this post, working through the prevalence of the word 'dignity' in the decision: 

"Dignity isn’t a right to privacy, but the opposite. It’s a claim to public recognition, if not necessarily approval. It’s a claim that makes demands on all the rest of us, and it looks set to override our freedom to dissent, whatever the grounds of our dissent may be."

While the discussion of how same-sex marriage impacts all of us continues in many spheres, perhaps the most common debate location is at religious universities. The Atlantic wrote about the difficulties facing Christian universities in light of the sudden cultural changes, though the article spends the vast majority of its time pointing to universities that have agreed to endorse same-sex relationships. 

A better article is this one, over at First Things. Explaining the phenomenon of schools changing their views, the author has this to say: 

"Why has it come to this? To some extent, it’s just peer pressure. Universities like Marquette and the people who lead them are a bit like some of the young women I see on campus each day, dressed almost exactly alike, seemingly afraid, more than anything, to look different from one another. How refreshing it would be for a university like mine to eschew the look-alike imperative of today’s 'diversity' culture and embrace instead the authentic diversity intrinsic to its Catholic identity. But in a time of declining student enrollments, the low-risk answer is to wear what the other kids are wearing and to avoid actions that might reduce us in the eyes of our 'peer' (Fordham) or 'aspirational' (Boston College) institutions. Sex and gender, diversity and inclusion: Everyone is wearing them today."

The author concludes that the proper role of professors, in this instance, is to stay the course. Even if leadership changes, they will someday "turn to [orthodox Christians] in search of something sane and sound."