Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer made a statement on PBS's Inside Washington Friday that's guaranteed to raise eyebrows on both sides of the aisle.
"If the [Supreme] Court were to decide that to deny same-sex marriage is unconstitutional... this will become an assault on religion" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: But it gets really sticky. If the Court were to decide that to deny same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, then you’ve got Georgetown University, a Jesuit university, married housing. It’s a Catholic university. So it says that it’s only going to allow heterosexuals. It will get sued. This will become an assault on religion. And the religions, which I think are sincere in their beliefs, are going to be under assault and under attack.
NINA TOTENBERG, NPR: Same-sex marriage is already legal in the District of Columbia. So if Georgetown is going to get sued, it’s going to get sued already.
KRAUTHAMMER: I know, but it will be sued everywhere, it will be sued everywhere in the country if it’s declared to be a Constitutional right because it would imply that anybody who opposes it does it only out of bigotry for no other reason.
Readers are advised that Krauthammer was not making a case against legalizing same-sex marriage.
He has been saying for months that this is inevitable, but that the Court should not be the one making this decision.
Instead, in his view, it should be left to legislators so that we don't end up with a similar situation that resulted from Roe v. Wade whereby the nation continued to fight the abortion battle for 40 years.