“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:26,27
Gay Marriage in America. Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement,
Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.
Gay rights supporters cheered, danced and wept outside the court after the decision, which put an exclamation point on breathtaking changes in the nation’s social norms.
“No union is more profound than marriage,” Kennedy wrote, joined by the court’s four more liberal justices.
As he read his opinion, spectators in the courtroom wiped away tears after the import of the decision became clear.
The four dissenting justices each filed a separate opinion explaining their views, but they all agreed that states and their voters should have been left with the power to decide who can marry.
“This court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in dissent. Roberts read a summary of his dissent from the bench, the first time he has done so in nearly 10 years as chief justice.
“If you are among the many Americans – of whatever sexual orientation – who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision,” Roberts said. “But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.”
Justice Antonin Scalia said he was not concerned so much about same-sex marriage but about “this court’s threat to American democracy.” Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas also dissented.
President Barack Obama welcomed the decision via Twitter, calling it “a big step in our march toward equality.”
Already the Mormon and Catholic churches, despite the idiotic ruling of the Supreme Court have boldly stated they will stand firm against same-sex marriage. Here is a quote from the Salt Lake Tribune. “The court’s decision does not alter the Lord’s doctrine that marriage is a union between a man and a woman ordained by God,”
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a news release. “While showing respect for those who think differently, the church will continue to teach and promote marriage between a man and a woman as a central part of our doctrine and practice.”
The United Church of Christ supports gay marriage, as do the Methodists.The Lutheran Churches currently does not support the ruling. Jehovah’s Witnesses have taken the stance that God intended marriage to be between a man and woman and that homosexuality is a sin. They also feel that God disapproves of those who practice homosexuality, and feel that same-sex marriages are also unacceptable.”
Back on March 18, 2015 of this year the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joined other religious groups in a vote that formally sanctions same-sex marriage. The 1.7 million-member church voted to amend its constitution to allow gay marriage ceremonies, a move widely anticipated after a step the church took last summer to allow its clergy to marry same-sex couples.
The Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd Strongly denounces the ruling. “I deeply believe in biblical and traditional marriage. The court has determined otherwise. Our #1 concern at this point is that religious freedom is protected in every way, honoring our God-given conscience, and that we not be discriminated against for our biblical and traditional stand. This decision shows one thing: Our desperate need for the next Great Awakening and the hope of the Gospel given to all persons. We must rise up like never before with great urgency, to forward the message of Jesus Christ to every person in America and across the world.”
What About My Church?
It’s too early to tell at this point, the ruling is now just hours old, but all it takes is for one lawsuit to be filed which may start an avalanche of additional lawsuits. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion went out of its way to reassure religious conservatives that this case won’t interfere with their beliefs. They can “continue the family structure they have so long revered” — which implies that pastors won’t be forced to perform same-sex marriages because of this decision. And they can try to persuade people that same-sex marriage is morally wrong and people shouldn’t practice it.
Churches could lose their tax-exempt status with the IRS if they refuse to recognize the Supreme Court’s ruling Friday legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts warned in his dissenting opinion.
He cited a comment made months ago by the U.S. government’s top lawyer on the same-sex marriage case.
“Hard questions arise when people of faith exercise religion in ways that may be seen to conflict with the new right to same-sex marriage — when, for example, a religious college provides married student housing only to opposite-sex married couples, or a religious adoption agency declines to place children with same-sex married couples,” Roberts wrote.
The next course in this ruling is defining how this ruling will affect the nations churches.
Every law has it’s loopholes, and any attorney representing the LGBT community will exploit it. As long as individual states do not pass laws that supersede the new Federal ruling this will open up the courts for lawsuits filed against churches because they refuse to rent their facilities for gay marriage ceremonies.
Remember nothing can stop the Gospel of Jesus Christ, no man, and no court.
Matthew 19:4-5. “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”
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