[O]nce the California Supreme Court ordered same-sex marriage, voters could understandably lack any confidence that religious-liberty concerns would ultimately be addressed and given weight. In that context, I believe, voters had a rational basis for rejecting same-sex marriage. ....I have a huge problem with this, because it completely ignores the religious liberty of those who support equality. Many, many denominations and faith communities are supportive. Prop 8 impinged, deeply, on their religious liberty--not just on the civil liberties of GLBT people.
Although I think Proposition 8 was therefore rational, it would be fairer to all to recognize gay marriage and accommodate religious liberty. ...
I believe that legislative superiority in striking such balances is one reason why legislation recognizing same-sex marriage is preferable to constitutional decision-making – preferable especially to a single decision by the U.S. Supreme Court requiring equal marriage in all fifty states.
If courts declare gay-marriage rights, however – whether state courts or the U.S. Supreme Court – they must do a better job on religious liberty than they have so far. They should expressly acknowledge the broad range of potential conflicts. And if they are not going to order religious accommodations as constitutional mandates, they should expressly encourage state legislatures to consider them as wise policy.
It's way past time for the scholars and pundits to "get it" that religion is not of one mind, and that what Prop8 DID was force Episcopalians to live under ROman Catholic rules.
Moreover, since California already provides for the anti-discrimination policies that this writer dislikes, it's not clear at all that same sex marriage is to blame for the discomfort of individuals.
And, just replace "gay marriage" with "Jew". Would we allow an arch-conservative Evangelical to refuse to serve a Jewish person? What about a Muslim? Or a Mormon? Religion is certainly a choice (which orientation is not).
I do agree with him on one thing, though. I don't understand why anyone would sue a photographer or baker who didn't want to serve at your wedding. Would you really want to have someone doing your wedding who loathes everything about you? Just make it public, and let the market do the rest.