Universities Prove Maggie Right, Phi Beta Cons — Maggie Gallagher’s cover story in this week’s Weekly Standard is an absolute must read. As Stanley Kurtz noted in the Corner this morning, Maggie has opened a “whole new dimension” to the debate over same-sex marriage. While I encourage you to read Maggie’s entire article, this paragraph from Stanley’s post is an excellent summary:
Scholars on the left and right agree that the gay marriage movement has raised the specter of a massive and protracted battle over religious liberty. In states that adopt same-sex marriage, religious liberty is clearly going to lose. The source of the problem is the flawed analogy between the battle for same-sex marriage and the sixties movement for civil rights. Gay marriage proponents argue that sexual orientation is like race, and that opponents of same-sex marriage are therefore like bigots who oppose interracial marriage. Once same-sex marriage becomes law, that understanding will be controlling.
To see the truth of this prediction, one need only look at college campuses — where the comparison of the same-sex marriage battle to the civil-rights struggles of the Sixties is the dominant paradigm. To the campus establishment, there is no functional or moral difference between an evangelical Christian proponent of traditional Judeo-Christian sexual morality and George Wallace standing in the schoolhouse door. As a consequence, over the last five years, Christians have begun to experience an avalanche of persecution on campus. Since the case Maggie mentioned at Tufts University where the university ejected the Tufts Christian Fellowship from campus without due process for the “crime” of requiring that its leaders agree with the Biblical standards of evangelical Christianity, dozens of major universities have either taken similar action or threatened to. Lawsuits have been filed at UNC Chapel Hill, Penn State, Rutgers, Ohio State, the University of Minnesota, Arizona State, Southern Illinois, and elsewhere challenging the application of expansive nondiscrimination policies to Christian student groups.