If the Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage, its effect on religious freedom will depend upon how the opinion is written, according to experts.
The best possible outcome for religious freedom would be for the court to rule that the U.S. Constitution does not require all states to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples. If the court does require all states to redefine marriage, however, there are a range of options that could affect religious freedom differently.
If the court were to "elevate sexual orientation to a protected category similar to race," Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, told The Christian Post that could have a detrimental impact on the religious freedom of groups and people who do not believe that same-sex marriage is actually marriage. more >>
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As June rolls on, many Americans are waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to deliver a landmark decision on whether or not states can ban gay marriage.
Many legal experts believe the court will strike down the bans, thus declaring gay marriage a constitutional right.
Although it's a landmark decision and while many might see it as the end of the debate, a quick survey of American history shows that landmark Supreme Court decisions can be a little overrated on the landmark part. more >>
The Chobani yogurt brand released a 30-second commercial this week that features a lesbian couple naked in bed together as part of its seven-part "Love This Life" campaign which is being protested against by One Million Mom's for it's attempt to "normalize sin."
The spot, according to Chobani CMO Peter McGuinness, is all about inclusion.
"For us, it's why not [feature a same-sex couple] — not why," declared McGuiness in an interview with Adweek. "There's nothing new here, per se. Inclusion and equality has been and is foundational and fundamental to the company." more >>
Failures of the Church to reach members of the LGBT community were highlighted at a Wednesday panel during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio.
Russell Moore, president of the SBC's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, advised parents to not throw their gay children out of the house. The sin of pride is what leads them to be ashamed when their children struggle with same-sex attraction, he explained.
"We need to equip parents not to be ashamed" of their gay, lesbian, transgender children, Moore said. "There are many parents who somehow feel, when they have gay, lesbian or transgender children, that somehow that's a reflection on them, that they didn't do something right, that everyone else in the community is talking about them. That is pride." more >>
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Southern Baptists will not bow and they will not be silent on same-sex marriage, Southern Baptist Convention president Ronnie Floyd told the annual gathering of Southern Baptists in Columbus, Ohio, June 16.
Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in Springdale, Ark., and now re-elected to a second term as president of the 15.5 million-member denomination, said it is time for Christians in general, and Southern Baptists in particular, to "stand believing that marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime."
"We have believed this and do believe this, and I believe will continue to believe this as a convention of churches. We stand for biblical and traditional marriage. As Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy said, 'This definition (of traditional marriage) has been with us for millennia. And it's very difficult for the court to say, 'Oh well, we know better.'" more >>