WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Political commentator Charles Krauthammer warns that the gay marriage case before the U.S. Supreme Court has the potential to expand into a nationwide “assault on religion.”

In a panel discussion on PBS’s “Inside Washington,” Krauthammer offered Georgetown University as a future location of conflict between constitutional rights and gay marriage.

“It gets really sticky,” said Krauthammer. “If the court were to decide that to deny same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, then you got Georgetown University – a Jesuit university — [that has] married student housing. It’s a Catholic university. So it says it’s only going to allow heterosexuals, it will get sued. This will become an assault on religion. And the religions, which I think are sincere in their beliefs, are going to be under assault and under attack.”

It was then noted by a fellow panelist that same-sex marriage is currently legal in the nation’s capital. But Krauthammer responded that the religious assault would go from being a local issue to a national one.

“It will be sued everywhere in the country if it’s declared to be a constitutional right,” said Krauthammer. “Because it would imply that anybody who opposes it does it only out of bigotry, for no other reason.”

In addition to being a weekly panelist on PBS’s “Inside Washington,” Krauthammer is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, political commentator, and physician. He is also a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and The New Republic.