SCOTUS roofWritten by Don Byrd

The Baptist Joint Committee has issued a 2-page handout entitled “The Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling: What you need to know.” It is an extremely helpful overview of what the decision means for you and your church.

Topics include the distinction between civil marriage and religious marriage, the tax-exempt status of churches and religious institutions, and the effect of the ruling on buildings owned by churches or other religious organizations. You can download the handout at the BJC’s resource page on same-sex marriage here.

The Obergefell ruling has sparked understandable questions about its impact on houses of worship, but many threats have been exaggerated. This new handout is a welcome, informed resource.