Supreme Court Declares Gay Couples Have a Right to Marry in Any State

This morning, the Supreme Court of the United States declared that same-sex couple have the right to marry in any state in the United States, according to the Associated Press. Already, gay couples can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's ruling means remaining states will stop enforcing bans on same-sex marriages. The ruling was close—with five of the justices ruling in favor and four against. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, arguing that same-sex marriage does not "denigrate marriage," but instead, that gay and lesbian couples seek "to live their lives, or honor their spouses' memory, joined by its bond." All four dissenting justices wrote separate dissenting opinions, with Justice Antonin Scalia saying he was worried about "this court's threat to American democracy." The losing side has three weeks to ask for the court to reconsider the case before the ruling goes into effect.

In his statement on the decision this morning, President Obama said the ruling is a "victory for America." “This ruling will strengthen all of our communities by offering to all same-sex couples the dignity of marriage across this great land,” he said. However, he also encouraged those in support of the decision to be mindful that the different viewpoints on the issue come from places of sincere belief, in order to "revere our deep committment to religious freedom" ...

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Emily Perry

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Emily Perry commented…

I am not surprised that there are few comments. I think a lot of Christians have mixed feelings about this issue. Personally, I am torn between what the Bible says about homosexuality and believing that free will is not only the bedrock of what makes America great, but also necessary for those who make a conscious decision to follow Christ. I've also seen same-sex couples and their children suffering from a lack of legal protections in cases of illness or death, and I don't see how that accomplishes anything. That's exactly why this case came about in the first place.

Many disagree with me, but I believe the SCOTUS made the right ruling. Marriage in the U.S. is a civil institution, not reserved only for those who share my faith or specific beliefs. There are many marriages that are legal that might not be sanctioned by some (or all) churches, such as those between people who have been previously divorced. However, the majority of Americans now accept unions between same-sex couples as valid, and the court decision reflects that shift. What churches choose to do in the wake of this decision is up to them.

No, churches will not be forced to perform same-sex weddings against their will. The ruling simply makes it legal for states to issue marriage licenses. A minister or officiant can still decline to participate in a same-sex ceremony on religious grounds.

As a Bible-believing Christian, I don't pretend to understand why God classified some things as sin and some not. No one knows for sure whether people "choose" to be gay or are born that way (or whether it's a combination of genetic and environmental factors). But our limited understanding is beyond the point. The point is that we live in a country where people are free to be Christian, atheist, gay, straight, liberal, conservative, or none of the above, and the government doesn't get to police them.

Above all, I continue to pray that God will help us get better at viewing everyone through the lens of His grace and not according to our own prejudices.

Jeremy Jones

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Jeremy Jones replied to Emily Perry's comment

I debated commenting but honestly...the issue isn't that important to me as a Christian trying to live out a biblical life and not a western evangelical with dreams of dominionism. :) Our purpose here is not to try to control people through the power of laws and regulations. It's to reach hearts. We're to spread the gospel...and the gospel is good news. It's a victory cry that Christ has defeated sin and death and through that grace we are given freedom. The gospel should never be used as a tool or weapon against others. That was never it's purpose. I've seen posts saying that we need God back in America...but He never left.

This dominionistic mentality that so many Christians subscribe to is exactly what the first century Jews subscribed to...they expected Jesus to return and destroy their enemies, take over the government so they can rule along with Jesus over everyone. Jesus DID NOT like this view that they held and made it a point to correct them while He was here. I am seeing the same mentality here in the US with Christians who want power over others...using the gospel of victory as a gospel of hell to further their dominion-minded view of scripture.

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Germaine Baron

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Germaine Baron commented…

I'm surprised there are hardly any comments on this issue. This is the beginning of us as Christians losing our place of comfort in the American society. It has been slowly but surely becoming more and more uncomfortable to be a Christian here. I guess we will soon see what the rest of the worlds Christian population is currently going through. I pray that we all can stand firm in our beliefs and values.

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12

GB

Emily Perry

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Emily Perry commented…

I am not surprised that there are few comments. I think a lot of Christians have mixed feelings about this issue. Personally, I am torn between what the Bible says about homosexuality and believing that free will is not only the bedrock of what makes America great, but also necessary for those who make a conscious decision to follow Christ. I've also seen same-sex couples and their children suffering from a lack of legal protections in cases of illness or death, and I don't see how that accomplishes anything. That's exactly why this case came about in the first place.

Many disagree with me, but I believe the SCOTUS made the right ruling. Marriage in the U.S. is a civil institution, not reserved only for those who share my faith or specific beliefs. There are many marriages that are legal that might not be sanctioned by some (or all) churches, such as those between people who have been previously divorced. However, the majority of Americans now accept unions between same-sex couples as valid, and the court decision reflects that shift. What churches choose to do in the wake of this decision is up to them.

No, churches will not be forced to perform same-sex weddings against their will. The ruling simply makes it legal for states to issue marriage licenses. A minister or officiant can still decline to participate in a same-sex ceremony on religious grounds.

As a Bible-believing Christian, I don't pretend to understand why God classified some things as sin and some not. No one knows for sure whether people "choose" to be gay or are born that way (or whether it's a combination of genetic and environmental factors). But our limited understanding is beyond the point. The point is that we live in a country where people are free to be Christian, atheist, gay, straight, liberal, conservative, or none of the above, and the government doesn't get to police them.

Above all, I continue to pray that God will help us get better at viewing everyone through the lens of His grace and not according to our own prejudices.

Jeremy Jones

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Jeremy Jones replied to Emily Perry's comment

I debated commenting but honestly...the issue isn't that important to me as a Christian trying to live out a biblical life and not a western evangelical with dreams of dominionism. :) Our purpose here is not to try to control people through the power of laws and regulations. It's to reach hearts. We're to spread the gospel...and the gospel is good news. It's a victory cry that Christ has defeated sin and death and through that grace we are given freedom. The gospel should never be used as a tool or weapon against others. That was never it's purpose. I've seen posts saying that we need God back in America...but He never left.

This dominionistic mentality that so many Christians subscribe to is exactly what the first century Jews subscribed to...they expected Jesus to return and destroy their enemies, take over the government so they can rule along with Jesus over everyone. Jesus DID NOT like this view that they held and made it a point to correct them while He was here. I am seeing the same mentality here in the US with Christians who want power over others...using the gospel of victory as a gospel of hell to further their dominion-minded view of scripture.

Jeremy Jones

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Jeremy Jones replied to Jeremy Jones's comment

Then just remind yourself of this...we are all sinners. None of us, even Christians are worth of salvation. It's only through God's grace that we are justified. Paul himself said He was the worst of sinners. The Bible teaches we should put others before ourselves. It's not our job to change people...we can't. Only God can. Our job is to love. To spread the good news with joyfulness and gentleness. The gospel does not come over others...it goes under others with a servant attitude. This is not our country...we are only ambassadors. Ambassadors don't change governments...they represent their kingdoms.

Hopeful

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Hopeful replied to Emily Perry's comment

HISTORICALLY, WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?
SINCE APA'S ESTABLISHMENT IN 1890s, APA PIONEERED ALMOST EVERY KNOWN MODERN PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDY. UNFORTUNATELY, ACTIVISTS WITHIN THE APA DID NOT ADOPT THE LEONA TYLER PRINCIPLE WHERE...
"In essence, the principle states that when psychologists are speaking as members of their profession, any advocacy in which they engage should be based on scientific data and demonstrable professional experience. Perhaps Dr. Tyler, then APA’s president, was able to foresee the day when organized psychology would be influenced by activism, and she wanted to ensure that psychology as a profession would not be eroded."
(1) Dr. Nicholas Cummings says that since he was APA president in 1979-80, the group has been “totally hijacked” by the homosexual/lesbian political lobby. “It’s incredible,” he said; having personally seen “hundreds of people change,” the view that all homosexuality is “hard-wired” and same-sex attraction can never be changed is simply “not supported by scientific evidence.”
www.josephnicolosi.com/former-apa-president-says/
(2) In 2013, 1.6% of UK adults identified their sexual identity as gay, lesbian or bisexual. --United Kingdom's Office for National Statistics
www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/integrated-household-survey/integrated-household-...

WHAT'S NEXT?
More supporters of various "marriage" will come-out sooner than we think because of SC's approval of same-sex "marriage". Same-sex "marriage" is now paving the way for more types of "marriages" -- lobbyists, activists, and their supporters with their monies will push for POLYGAMY, PEDOPHILIA, BESTIALITY, PEOPLE MARRYING INANIMATE OBJECTS, and more, see this..
www.thefw.com/weirdest-marriages-of-the-world-photos-videos/
Very soon, majority of America's SC will approve them too.

snellis

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snellis commented…

There are two opposing viewpoints on the issue of the church and homosexuality, even by biblical scholars. A great resource is here: http://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Journey_Together_F...

One of the authors is a professor of mine, who I deeply respect. Simply acknowledging there are two very-well-argued, biblically-accurate positions is the first step to understanding --- and not making this an "us vs. them" issue.

Brett

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Brett commented…

There have been so many words said on this from both sides so i won't add any more to that but it's the way some of these words have been said from both sides that have concerned me more...

https://brettfish.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/after-the-rain

love brett fish

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