Gay marriage ruling may force Catholic schools to shutter their doors

By Tom Quiner

There is a special place in heaven for anyone who sits on the Board of Education for a Catholic school.

It is a time-consuming, thankless job guaranteed to make some people mad due to the inevitable tough decisions that have to be made.

One of the perennial tough decision has to do with teachers’ salaries. Budgets are tight in Catholic Schools. Tuition doesn’t come close to covering their costs. Catholic schools depend on parish subsidies to keep their doors opened.

Teachers in Catholic schools earn less than they could earn teaching in public schools, but many stay simply because they believe in the mission. It pains the Board to underpay teachers, but that’s the way it is. Money is excruciatingly tight, and many, many Catholic schools rest on a precarious financial perch.

The perch is about to become deadly.

In Monday’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court which could end up legalizing gay marriage in all fifty states, the Obama Government admitted that such a ruling could destroy private, religious schools.

Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation writes of this stunning admission by the Obama Government:

“One of the more startling portions of oral arguments today at the Supreme Court was the willingness of the Obama administration’s Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, to admit that religious schools that affirm marriage as the union of a man and a woman may lose their non-profit tax-exempt status if marriage is redefined.

Justice Samuel Alito asked Verrilli whether a religious school that believed marriage was the union of husband and wife would lose their non-profit tax status.

The solicitor general answered: “It’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is it is going to be an issue.”

If a Catholic school loses its non-profit status, its costs will increase dramatically, forcing many, if not most, to close.

As this blog has stated before, religious freedom and so-called gay marriage cannot co-exist. The “tolerance mob” pushing their gay agenda have no tolerance for people who practice a religion different than theirs.

Something has to give.


  1. Shawn Pavlik on April 29, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Or what about a church that refuses to wed two men or two women? Could they lose their tax-exempt status as well?

    • quinersdiner on April 29, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      That’s a good question, Shawn. I don’t know. I think that is the fear.

  2. atimetoshare on April 29, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Little by little our constitution is being gnawed and chewed and spewed out as garbage. It breaks my heart to see that the devil can influence our government in such insidious ways. Thank God He has defeated him. He will never win!

    • quinersdiner on April 29, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      You are correct!

  3. stevegreer1 on April 29, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Just another example of the left trying to increase its hold and force more and more people to bend to its will. It is more than disheartening. It is sickening.

    • quinersdiner on April 29, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Yes it is. Thanks for writing, Steve.

  4. lhvi340 on April 30, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Reblogged this on 2PalmsKeyLime.

  5. Corvus (Corvi) Black on April 30, 2015 at 11:56 am

    That’s interesting Tom. Here in San Diego (a conservative, Catholic city in a liberal state) private Catholic schools are held in very high regard. Many want to get their kids in them because they know its the best education. I wish there was a solution that suited everyone.