The Supreme Court announced their decision regarding state issued bans on same-sex marriage on Friday morning. Social media came alive with reaction; supporters changed their profile image to the rainbow flag and used the hashtag #lovewins, some angry Christians expressed despair in the collapse of America and quoted verses from Leviticus. But what caught my attention were the Christians that calmly reminded us we live in and also apart from the culture we are immersed in.
I pastor a small SBC church in the deep South. Below is my Sunday morning sermon, directed to my own congregation with all Christians everywhere in mind. Whatever your initial reaction was to Friday’s news, please prayerfully consider this position:Continue reading →
Legal opinions vary widely on what the U.S. Supreme Court’s mandate of nationwide same-sex marriage will mean for pastors and government officials authorized to perform weddings.
Some legal experts say government officials charged with performing weddings could lose their jobs for refusing to marry gay couples. But others believe both ministers and government officials likely will have freedom not to perform same-sex marriages that violate their religious convictions.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear cases concerning California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. Prop 8 was passed by California voters defining traditional marriage after the state’s Supreme Court upheld gay marriage rights. The Defense of Marriage Act, passed by Congress in 1996, means that the federal government does not have to recognize gay marriages performed in the states in which they are legal.
The cases will be heard in March, on the 26th and 27th respectively. The High Court’s decision(s) could lead to the legalization of gay marriage nationwide or the affirmation of current laws. Gay marriage is currently legal in nine states, while 30 states have constitutional amendments defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
This video was created by our friends at nrl4prop8.wordpress.com. This is a link to the original post at their site. You all know my take on same-sex marriage: if you want to have some sort of “civil union” recognized by the state, I’m fine with that. Just don’t call it marriage.