As the Supreme Court turns to same-sex marriage in the wake of popular approval in three states last month, the religious opposition is beginning to adjust to American society's accelerating acceptance of full civic equality for gays and lesbians.
The LDS Church, which went all out in support of California's anti-SSM Proposition 8, has adopted a new posture of openness towards same-sex attraction. The University Notre Dame, with the support of its local bishop, has announced a plan to provide support and services for GLBTQ students.
Of course, changes in attitude are not the same as changes in doctrine. One can hope, as Michael Sean Winters does, that the Catholic Church will achieve a new theological understanding of homosexuality, as it has in the past achieved new understandings of slavery, lending at interest, and the status of non-Catholic faiths. Unburdened by Roman bureaucracy and the heavy hand of natural law doctrine, the Mormons could move faster, given the First Presidency's accessibility to direct revelation (as in the forswearing of of plural marriage and the admission of African-American men to the priesthood).
But in the meantime, public acceptance of SSM can serve as a timely reminder to conservative religious leaders that their traditions have always adapted to changing social norms. And that they have usually been wise to do so.