Don't expect the next pope to preside over a gay couple's marriage.
Pope Benedict XVI, who announced on Monday that he will step down as head of the Catholic Church at the end of February, has taken a hard line on same-sex marriage.
He worried LGBT Catholics in California when he appointed Salvatore Cordileone as archbishop of San Francisco. Cordileone helped lead the drive for California's Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage.
And Benedict himself has often spoken out to condemn same-sex marriage, including a Christmas, 2012 speech in which he called it an "attack" on the traditional family.
"It's clear that he has been a real tough disciplinarian," said Bernard Schlager, a Catholic who teaches at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, and is Executive Director of the Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry. "Not just on LGBTQ, but other issues he has taken a real hard line."