Family analysis Council – The answer that is short most likely perhaps perhaps perhaps not, at the least for the present time.

Family analysis Council – The answer that is short most likely perhaps perhaps perhaps not, at the least for the present time.

Can Pastors and Churches Be Forced to Perform Same-Sex Marriages?

Both have significant protection under the First Amendment and other provisions of law from being forced to perform same-sex marriages while churches are slightly more vulnerable than pastors in some areas. Also after the Supreme Court’s choice in Obergefell v. Hodges, 1 where the Court held that states must issue licenses for same-sex marriages and recognize such licenses released by other states, there’s absolutely no significant danger that pastors and churches could be compelled with a court to solemnize, host, or perform same-sex marriage service. Obergefell is just binding on states, and didn’t decide any spiritual freedom concern — for pastors or other people. While spiritual freedom challenges are required to happen moving forward, they will certainly be directed at other entities that are religious people first, as appropriate defenses for pastors and churches are very good. (suite…)