Gay marriage issue poses long-term quandary to some

Jay Bookman

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“I will not officiate over any same-sex unions or same-sex marriage ceremonies,” the Rev. Ronnie Floyd of Arkansas, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, defiantly promised a conference of fellow Baptists meeting in Columbus, Ohio last week.

To which I say a hearty “amen”.

A statement issued the next day by Floyd and 16 former SBC presidents expressed the same attitude:

“Consequently, we will not accept, nor adhere to, any legal redefinition of marriage issued by any political or judicial body including the United States Supreme Court. We will not recognize same-sex ‘marriages’, our churches will not host same-sex ceremonies, and we will not perform such ceremonies.”

To which I also say “amen.”

I may disagree strongly with Baptist leadership on the legitimacy of gay marriage, but any American ought to defend their right to hold that opinion, and to honor that opinion in their churches and religious life.

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2 thoughts on “Gay marriage issue poses long-term quandary to some”

  1. Hi, Terry,
    This strange blog post you’ve forwarded seems to go from opposition to marriage equality, to support of lax US gun laws. Sometimes the (US) American psyche leaves me perplexed!
    And there’s Papa Francesco getting bad-mouthed for inferring US policies might not be Gospel values!

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  2. Hi Trish. My reason for sharing was simply – I think he’s pinpointed a major problem for the conservative churches (and Catholic bishops) going forward. I agree with him that churches cannot be forced in civil law to perform marriages in conflict with their religious belief – but then, nobody is asking for that, any more than anybody is using courts to force priests to conduct second marriage services for divorced people.

    The challenge is going to come in the non – religious activities of religious bodies, in employment practices, and in social services paid for with public money. How far does religious freedom extend, in the grey areas where religion and secular law overlaps?

    I didn’t spot any reference to gun laws, lax or otherwise (and still don’t), or I would never have promoted it.. I’m fiercely against guns – one of the reasons I’m pleased to be here, and no longer in S Africa, where gun madness is not that far behind the US.

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