Rick Garnett is a very serious scholar of religious liberty. In his view, acceptance of gay marriages — or at least their equal treatment with marriages recognized by Christian churches on campus — will be mandatory in the near future, a condition of federal funding.
“It seems to me very likely that, in the coming years, schools and universities that accept public funds and support will be required—as a condition of those funds—to have nondiscrimination rules that forbid discrimination on sexual-orientation grounds,” said Rick Garnett, a professor who oversees the Program on Church, State & Society at Notre Dame’s law school, told The Atlantic. “And, these rules will not distinguish between sexual-orientation discrimination and non-recognition of same-sex marriages.”
How long will it be before the small number of seriously theology-committed Christian schools face a loss of federal funding?
The First Amendment Defense Act needs to be passed in the first 100 days of the next GOP president.