I posted the following questions on Facebook but would also like to share them here:
Questions for my Democratic friends that support gay marriage: If gay marriage is legalized by the Supreme Court, does a pastor or priest have the freedom to refuse to perform a gay marriage? You know that the gay rights activists will try to ban any "discrimination" against gay marriage if it is legalized. My main question is this: Do you really support religious freedom or not? (Many libertarians support gay marriage but won't force pastors to perform them.)
Some people believe that pastors and priests cannot be forced to perform gay marriages because of the 1st Amendment which states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Church-state relationships are messy. Numerous court battles have involved restrictions being applied to churches. One of the better known lawsuits was Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon v. Smith which involved two members of the Native American Church who were fired from their jobs after using the drug peyote in worship.
Wikipedia reports, "Thus, the Court had held that religious beliefs did not excuse people from complying with laws forbidding polygamy, child labor laws, Sunday closing laws, laws requiring citizens to register for Selective Service, and laws requiring the payment of Social Security taxes.
If the United States Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage, it will not stop the court battles. The discrimination cases will surely follow.