Churches Changing Bylaws After Gay Marriage Ruling

medium_3569299938Associated Press ^ | 8/24/13 | Travis Loller

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — 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…
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A few years ago, someone asked me; “What does it matter to you if two people of the same sex are in love and want to marry?”

I answered that it would allow the ‘camel’s nose into the tent’ so to speak.  Well, every day now we are seeing more and more cases where the current changes in the laws that favor homosexuals and gay marriage are causing discrimination toward Christians.

Here is a sampling of recent cases where Christians have been been affected by the law allowing homosexual marriage.

A judge in Washington state on Friday consolidated two lawsuits, one filed by the state attorney general and the other filed by a gay couple, in a dispute over a florist who declined to provide flowers for the couple’s wedding because of her “relationship with Jesus Christ.” Read More…

Marking what is likely the end of a legal battle that has lasted for the past seven years, the New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that an Albuquerque wedding photographer can be held liable under the state’s anti-discrimination laws for refusing to provide service to a same-sex couple: Read More…and Read More….

The owner of Discover Annapolis Tours Matt Grubbs is a Christian and is opposed to Maryland’s new same-sex marriage law upheld last month by voters that allows homosexuals to “wed.” He had the option to refuse to serve these homosexual newly weds but instead decided to scrap the whole wedding component to his trolley business. Now, his business will be out $50,000 a year. Read More…

Labor Day Weekend marked the end of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a bakery in Gresham, Ore., that made national news in February for refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. They’ve shut their storefront and are going to be moving the bakery in-home.  Read More…

A New Jersey judge ruled against a Christian retreat house that refused to allow a same-sex civil union ceremony to be conducted on its premises, ruling the Constitution allows “some intrusion into religious freedom to balance other important societal goals.” On Thursday, administrative judge Solomon A. Metzger ruled that religious liberty did not exempt the seaside retreat, which is associated with the United Methodist Church, from renting its facilities out for purposes that violate its moral beliefs. Read More…

Fortunately, there is some good news on the Horizon;  A bill currently pending in the New Hampshire State legislature would allow business owners to turn away customers on the basis of “conscience or religious faith.” Introduced by Rep. Frank Sapareto, HB1264 aims to protect Christian wedding vendors from being forced to provide services for homosexual couples. Read More…

Christians are under attack on all sides.  We are called bigots and racists if we stand up for our faith.  We must not become complacent.  God is still in charge but we must do our part. Write to your elected officials and let them know how you feel.

 

2 thoughts on “Churches Changing Bylaws After Gay Marriage Ruling”

  1. Oh My Word!!! Thank you so much for sharing this valuable information. This is such conformation of what the Holy Spirit has been showing me. Yes, I will be contacting my state officials and getting their views on this and making sure that they know what my families views are. Now that I am home all the time I feel the call to be more pro active in standing up for our christian beliefs, morals and standards.

  2. Glad you enjoyed it. As a photographer, I am acutely aware of the problems I would have should I refuse to photograph a same-sex wedding. Be sure to click the ‘share’ button above and share this with your friends. Everyone needs to see this and realize that even though they may feel that same-sex marriage should be ‘normalized,’ It isn’t normal and laws normalizing it infringe on the religious beliefs of others.

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