I knew that.
I've said the exact same thing before - and I'm not even a canon lawyer or anything - just a blonde.
Fr. Z records Dr. Ed Peters as saying what every Catholic should know:
[T]houghts re the Supreme Court decision on ‘same-sex marriage’:
First, we need to recall that the State has long recognized as married some persons who are not married, namely, when the State allows divorced persons simply to remarry. We have lived with persons in pseudo-marriage for many decades; so now the pool of such people is larger. The pastoral challenges in consequence of this latest decision are greater as will be the sacrifices needed to meet them. But so far—and this is a key point—State power has not been applied to try to force Churches or their faithful to treat as married those who, by doctrine or discipline, are not married. - Read the second here.Common sense, ladies and gentlemen.
We knew this was going to happen. Get a grip. As I noted in my last post there has been lobbing within the ranks of Catholic laity, professionals, clergy, and the hierarchy which paved the way for this sensitivity and acceptance of all things gay ... Always Our Children ...
Don't be too worried about people coming forward to marry their cat or the little boy next door - the transition is not complete until non-discrimination is the law of the land: Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Not all states are on board with non-discrimination in the workplace, hiring, public accommodations, housing, and so on. That's where things can get dicey.
The Catholic Church doesn't marry civilly divorced and remarried couples, neither are they allowed to receive Communion at Mass - that has always been the case - officially, and will remain so despite what worried Synod observers claim. I doubt there will be pressure on the Church to perform or bless same-sex marriages or openly approve same-sex couple reception of Communion.
No. The problem will come with hiring, housing, school admissions for children of same sex parents, the choir director getting married to his partner and getting fired, Catholic assisted living facilities denying housing to same sex couples maybe? Probably - and that's where the troubles will ignite. Most of us believe that it is illegal to refuse to hire a person or rent to someone based on sexual orientation - but that is not the case - it is not the law of the land.
Maybe anti-gay rhetoric from the pulpit or in Catholic newspapers will be challenged as hate speech - but any attempt to force Catholic churches to hold gay weddings seems unlikely to me. Especially when there's always some Catholic priest willing to do it privately or in a chic non-denominational setting - just as there has been free-range bishops willing to ordain women.
Quell the panic.
Besides - there's still gender-ideology to contend with.
It ain't over 'till the fat lady sings.
Song for this post here.