LifeSite and some Catholic bloggers are repeating something Justice Scalia said concerning same-sex marriage.
The thing is, Justice Scalia didn't directly mention Catholic priests being forced by the State to perform same-sex marriage, he was speaking of ministers from other denominations:
If the Supreme Court rules that same-sex “marriage” is a constitutional right, one justice has said that the government could force clergy of all denominations to perform gay “weddings” or lose the ability to officiate any state-sanctioned marriage.
Justice Scalia repeatedly suggested that once a constitutional right to marry by same-sex couples was enshrined by the court, a member of the clergy could not be given civil marriage powers by the state unless he agreed to perform any and all marriages that the nation legally recognizes. - SourceI don't see how that can happen - at least to Catholic priests and Catholic parishes. Simply because the Catholic Church already discriminates when it comes to the Sacrament of Matrimony. The Church will not marry divorced couples - men or women who were in a valid marriage, divorced and seek to remarry in the Church without an annulment. Canon law also identifies certain impediments to contract marriage which prohibit witnessing/blessing the marriage in the Church: no wedding for you, you, and you - unless you meet certain canonical criteria. A very long precedent seems to have already been well established in the Catholic Church. As far as I know, the state has never forced Catholic priests to officiate at weddings of couples deemed canonically unsuitable to contract a valid marriage, whereas the same couple could easily be married in a state sanctioned civil marriage.
The Catholic Church doesn't marry just any one.
Therefore, it seems to me the other Justices had a valid point, when they argued, the "free exercise of religion" clause in the Bill of Rights would allow for such an exception.
I might be wrong though, and that's fine.
Just trying to quell the panic.
And just a reminder - I'm against it. Same sex marriage - I'm against it.