A gay-marriage advocate in Boston explained to a radio reporter that marriage is a civil matter, not a church affair. Those who want church weddings can have them, but marriage is a matter of civil law. And since it is unconstitutional to deny equal civil rights to citizens, it is unconstitutional to deny to homosexual couples the right to marry. At this important moment in the U.
In a landmark ruling issued in , the U. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution allows for same-sex marriage, effectively overturning remaining restrictions in place in states. Most other states had enacted constitutional or statutory bans on same-sex marriage, known as "Defense of Marriage" Acts. The following map shows state laws prior to the Supreme Court ruling:. Pat McCrory won't sign a bill that would have allowed magistrates to opt out of performing weddings if they have religious objections. In March, Gov. Pat McCrory voiced concerns about a bill to allow magistrates to opt out of performing marriages and said he won't sign it.
Individuals with disabilities may contact Jerry Luna at publicfile wthr. All Rights Reserved. The "Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act" would "defend natural marriage between one man and one woman regardless of any court decision to the contrary. The move comes nearly four years after the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal throughout the country. The same bill was introduced in , and , but has never passed.
After three days of intense debate at a conference in St. Now, a divide of the United Methodist Church, which has 12 million members worldwide, appears imminent. Some pastors and bishops in the United States are already talking about leaving the denomination and possibly creating a new alliance for gay-friendly churches. Mike Slaughter, pastor emeritus of Ginghamsburg Church in Ohio, said in a phone interview from the floor of the conference.