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Some churches change bylaws following Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage rulings

Catholic World News - August 29, 2013

Concerned about potential discrimination lawsuits, some Christian churches--especially those that rent facilities to the public--are amending their bylaws following the Supreme Court’s recent decisions on same-sex marriage, according to an Associated Press report.

Eric Rassbach of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty “said it was important for churches to get their beliefs in writing before a dispute arises, otherwise it can look to a court as if something was done after the fact as an attempt to cover up hostility to gays,” according to an AP summary of his remarks.

“A number of groups don't have a written doctrine,” said Rassbach. “Say a group like the Primitive Baptists--they don't want a written-down credo, but the courts like written-down things.”

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  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - Aug. 30, 2013 8:03 AM ET USA

    "A gay Catholic couple"? An oxymoron, surely?

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Aug. 29, 2013 6:51 PM ET USA

    I have said it for years that the ultimate goal of the secularists is the destruction of the Catholic Church. We have to stand with the evangelicals because they will be easier to attack, and if one falls, we all fall.

  • Posted by: dagbat - Aug. 29, 2013 11:11 AM ET USA

    The Bishops should be preparing for the time when a gay Catholic couple will be suing the Catholic Church to have their same sex marriage conducted in a Catholic Church by a Catholic priest. That is where this issue is ultimately heading and it will likely end up in the Supreme Court.

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