Interesting verdict. Provides some very good food for thought.
Marriage, in essence, is not a right; it is a privilege be you gay OR straight. This definitely has many people in this country scratching their heads, especially the GLBT community and our activists and allies.
*In my view, the legal and religious wrangling about the GLBT marriage issue has done more harm than good and the Christian [FAR] right has, whether they mean to or not, turned marriage into some kind of right in a sense.
*Correct me if I'm wrong; I'm just trying to formulate and process this.
I found this comment particularly interesting:
"The difference between here and Europe is that there is no such thing as a state-sponsored religion here. There is in England, Germany, Norway, Sweden, etc. Such organizations of both a religious and secular nature would naturally be forced to comply, as they're supported by taxpayer funds, not offering plates.
The ECHR had really only a few choices:
1. They could accept marriage equality as a human right and mandate that state-funded churches marry everyone, thus violating the freedom of religion for those that dissent.
2. They could accept marriage equality as a human right and mandate that no church be required to marry everyone, thus forcing citizens who disagree to subsidize churches those citizens viewed as bigoted.
3. They could reject marriage equality as a human right and avoid the mess created by the mix of church and state in Europe. A mix that does not pertain in the US."
Lastly, can this verdict also be applied to heterosexuals? Will we see courts deny marriage to heterosexuals at some point since it's not a right?