The extension of license and privilege is, by definition, a process of discrimination. It gives to a particular sort of couple that which is denied to another (like siblings or business partners). It can only be done by the state if it has a Rational Basis under which such a behavior furthers the Public Interest.
It is just a matter of time before marriage equality is normal.
No, not really. We saw this same sort of normalized degeneracy in Greece, and Rome, and many other decadent cultures. It always ends in one of two ways: decline into collapse, or reformation to respect the Natural Law. The Church, however, shall ever endure long after empires drunk on libertine nonsense have rendered themselves to dust.
Wouldn’t it be wiser for the Church to grow on this topic?
That’s an amusingly euphemistic spin to put on it, but it betrays a complete failure to comprehend the nature of the Church or of Moral Law.
There is nothing wrong with admitting fault, and then moving on. People would understand and also forgive the leadership of the Church for their sins in this area. How sad is it that Benedict has called the practice of “moral relativism” a danger, while in fact, it has been the cornerstone of the maturation and continued relevance of the Church, in a changing world. Other hardcore minority is vocal on this site, but one must wonder how many Catholics are embarrassed. When institutions or political parties are hijacked by extremists, it creates hardship for moderate and reasonable people.
You’re right about one thing, it has created a hardship for us reasonable people that gay “rights” fanatics have hijacked one of our political parties.