Is This The Slippery Slope?
Interesting story out of Louisville this week.
A local couple says the Archdiocese of Louisville is practicing discrimination after their cemetery headstone was denied.
Greg Bourke and Michael De Leon were among the Kentucky couples whose case was part of the Supreme Court ruling that made gay marriage legal nationwide. Both are Catholic and purchased a joint burial plot in St. Michael Cemetery in Louisville.
They submitted their headstone design for approval, which included an image of the Supreme Court and interlocking wedding bans. But the cemetery run by the Archdiocese denied it, saying the headstone conflicted with the teachings of the church. The couple plans to hold a “freedom to bury” press conference Wednesday morning.
I’m a proud supporter of the right for same-sex couples to wed, but I’m also a supporter of religious freedom. My skeptic’s radar is really pinging here, especially considering that this couple has a history of activism. That history in itself is not a bad thing, however it also makes me think they are savvy enough to know this would have been rejected. So what was their intent?
The response from the cemetery reads in part below. If this is discrimination, I am not seeing it.
…we can approve your shared stone with both your names and dates of birth and of course the religious symbol of the cross. However, we cannot approve the depiction of the Supreme Court building and the use of wedding rings.
Inscriptions on grave markers are permitted so long as they do not conflict with any teachings of the Church. Your proposed markings are not in keeping with this requirement.
A lot of opponents to SSM predicted that the freedom of churches would be tested in the future. Are we seeing that here? And if so, does that prove them right?