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Same-Sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage has highlighted high-profile relationships between theology, church, state, and society. Though a 2013 Pew Forum survey noted that nearly three-quarters of Americans think that legal recognition of same-sex marriage is “inevitable,” evangelicals remain largely opposed to redefining marriage, with less than a quarter favoring the policy. The divide between evangelicals and mainline U.S. churches on this issue has been further fueled by increasing support by state governments, culminating with the Supreme Court’s June 2013 ruling against a provision in the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.

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  • Evangelical Church Grapples With Growth of Gay Rights - Wall Street Journal
    “It’s been a painful process,” New Heart Community Church pastor Danny Cortez said. “We’re trying to heal.” Mr. Cortez said his church now welcomes openly gay members, and he recently officiated at his first same-sex wedding. “Times are changing,” he said. “Even among evangelicals.”
  • Ministers who own a chapel sue Idaho city after declining to marry same-sex couple
    Pastors have raised concerns about being forced to conduct same-sex weddings, though some have called those concerns a red herring. The lawsuit in Idaho raises a larger question of whether ordained ministers who run a for-profit business conducting weddings can be required to conduct same-sex weddings under non-discrimination laws.

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