No one is trying to argue that Friday’s Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage the law of the land wasn’t monumental. Both sides, in fact, have acknowledged that it fundamentally changes the landscape of the country. With that comes the expectation of more societal changes on the way.
Within hours of the decision Politico, a respected commenter on national politics, ran a column saying it was time to legalize polygamy. Presented as “the next advance,” writer Fredrik deBoer said, “Now that we’ve defined that love and devotion and family isn’t driven by gender alone, why should it be limited to just two individuals?”
On Sunday, June 28, a column at TIME.com said it was “clearer than ever that the government shouldn’t be subsidizing religion and non-profits,” calling for the removal of tax-exempt status for those organizations. Opposition pointed out that such a move would hurt the poor, whom many churches help. Writer Mark Oppenheimer agrees, but adds that, “…government revenue would go up, and that money could be used to, say, house the homeless and feed the hungry.”
Religious schools could lose their own tax exempt status if they don’t allow housing for married homosexual couples, wrote Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association and chancellor of Patrick Henry College, for USA Today. In one paragraph Farris states, “Colleges and universities that receive federal funding will be coerced into immediate compliance. Accreditation agencies will ratchet up their bullying of Christian institutions, as has already been done against Gordon College in Massachusetts. Threats to accreditation are fatal. Colleges may not legally operate in several states without it.
Most recently, the argument for gay parents being not just as good, but better parents than heterosexual couples, has been made. On that note a call to end any and all discrimination – including for faith-based agencies – on gay couples adopting children appeared in the Huffington Post soon after the Supreme Court ruling.