2nd VIEW: Attorney: Church bylaws should define marriage
Good advice for conservative Episcopal parishes too—found over at Baptist Press:
With the U.S. Supreme Court set to take up gay marriage and potentially legalize it this summer, churches that host wedding ceremonies or other events for traditional couples should examine their bylaws and shield themselves from the impact of possible litigation, says an attorney who specializes in religious liberty issues.
The justices are scheduled in March to hear two cases concerning gay marriage, and by June could either uphold the traditional definition of marriage or legalize gay marriage in all 50 states. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF)—a religious liberty legal organization—is hoping for the former but preparing churches for the latter, just in case.
A number of situations could place churches in legal trouble, such as congregations who would:
—allow a traditional couple but not a same-sex couple to use their facility for a wedding ceremony.
—allow a traditional couple but not a same-sex couple to take part in a marriage class or retreat.
—terminate an employee involved in a same-sex wedding.
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