This is how change happens.
One by one, faith communities will stand up and recognize same sex unions and GLBT leadership.
Eventually, a few faith communities will remain (probably the same folks who argue that the world is eight to 10 thousand years old), but they will be the exception and not the rule.
Religion will move closer to recognizing all of God’s children.
Either society will follow in religion’s footsteps or the other way around. But somehow we will be led to enlightenment.
I’ve always felt that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation (gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender) would decrease significantly as, to put it frankly, Baby Boomer age and Tweeners and Gen Xers replace them in corporate, civic, governmental and religious leadership positions. See this supporting data from Pew (scroll down to see chart connecting age to view on same sex marriage).
Younger people, people who go to school with “out” GLBT students (often in Jr. High, but definitely in High School and College), people who work with “out” colleagues. Looking at the cubicle farm from a wide angle lens, it’s hard to say that Sally gets partner benefits because she’s heterosexual and married, but Todd does not get them because he’s gay.
I applaud the conservative Jews today. Yes, it was a 1 to 3 decision, but it will allow temples to reach their own conclusions, and that’s more than can be said for a lot of Christian faith traditions.
Post Script: I found this story interesting. I giggle when afflicted conservatives jump on the bandwagon supporting stem cell research; soon, conservative parents of gay children will be compelled to abandon their hateful and ignorant policies - even if only out of love for their children.