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SCOTUS Decision on Marriage Equality

One Plus One Plus… – A Preacher’s Position on Responding to SCOTUS Decision on Marriage Equality

The Supreme Court in a 5 to 4 vote, ruled that same sex marriage is a constitutional right.  Before I dive into this vote and how I want my church to respond to this decision, let me share with you where I stand.  I believe the Bible is truly a word to us from God.  I believe the Bible clearly teaches that marriage is between a man and a woman.  I do not consider that belief to make me homophobic or bigoted toward the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered) community.  I have argued for years in my ministry that the majority Christian treatment of the LGBT community is sinful.  Read my article on Caitlyn Jenner, or on the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, or on Vanessa Collier’s Funeral.  I believe whole heartedly that Christians should show compassion and dare I say, friendship to the LGBT community and its supporters.  Compassion and friendship can happen without agreeing with a lifestyle or decision.  I know there are many that love and care for me that do not agree with my variety of Christianity.  Disagreement does not mean we have to fight.

Now, I want to discuss this seismic decision…or is it?  Same sex marriage has been legal in numerous states.  Same sex unions have enjoyed federal tax benefits for a while now.  I do not think this decision is as earth shattering in American culture as it first appears.  I think it is clear that the Supreme Court just sided with the political wind of the day.  The only massive change I see coming from this decision is on local court judges that may be forced to perform same sex marriages, but if you are not a judge, what really changed?

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