USA: Some Churches Changing Bylaws To Explicitly Ban Same-Sex Weddings

Written by scott on August 24th, 2013

ChurchIn an effort to insulate themselves against so far nonexistent lawsuits, some churches are making changes to their bylaws. ABC News reports:

Worried they could be sued by gay couples, some churches are changing their bylaws to reflect their view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman. Although there have been suits against wedding industry businesses that refuse to serve gay couples, attorneys promoting the bylaw changes say they don’t know of any lawsuits against churches. Critics say the changes are unnecessary, but some churches fear that it’s only a matter of time before one of them is sued.

It seems like a harmless enough, if unnecessary, change to me. I have no desire to get married in the church that doesn’t want me. What do you all think?

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4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Lucinda says:

    I would sure have hated to have been one of the pastor’s gay “friends” who wanted to be married in his church. And I thought it was quite hilarious that the advice was to have these bylaws in place before an incident happens (i.e. a lawsuit) so it won’t seem like they are hostile to gays. Actually, I think the whole thing is tragic. Sure pushes LGBT folk further from their church doors.

  2. Michael says:

    It’s a waste of time and these “churches” should be concentrating on justice and helping the poor instead of normalizing the sin of homophobia. Any lawsuit against them would never win; just like the Catholic church cannot be forced to marry the divorced, pro-homophobia “churches” cannot be forced to marry God’s gay children.

  3. Meri Equality Justus says:

    I personally do not see a church wedding in my future just because i would not want to put money in to those bigots pockets. and i just dont want a church wedding any way.

  4. Larry Schlatter says:

    Since religion is a choice, this certainly lets any good Christian know what churches to avoid.

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