DRAPER, UT, July 6, 2015- We want to update you on several issues we are working on to assist you since the SCOTUS ruling on marriage on June 26th. Gary McKean has been handling questions for pastors and church leaders before the ruling and more since the ruling on Friday, June 26. Gary offers a conference to assist churches with legal issues. This conference is available to all of our associations.
Another great resource is the Ethics & Religious Liberties Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. They have several videos and other pieces on their website to help, www.erlc.com. We have linked several of those videos and articles in the links below.
A couple of areas you will want to look at right now are your church’s constitution and church policies. The Southern Baptist Convention lawyers have shared that if your church lists the current Baptist Faith and Message 2000 with article XVIII, describing the family, that you are covered on marriage between one man and one woman. The other area to look at is your building use policy with attention to who is allowed to use the building related to weddings and wedding receptions.
Gary would be happy to discuss with you your current wording and how you may be able to properly align your legal papers with your public position on the biblical definition of marriage.