“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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