My best friend’s husband is the pastor of a fundamental Baptist church in California. They’re terrified that he’ll be asked to perform a same-sex marriage. There is no way he’d agree to it, and could be taken to court. He would change careers before doing that ceremony.
The Reverend should tell any that request it that he does not perform civil marriage. Only Holy Matrimony, and that requires all the prerequisite counciling sessions and and church doctrine requirements. Much like Catholics require that a would be bride or groom must convert if they are not Catholic.
Unfortunately, all churches will have to start doing that. They may even have to separate from the state civil marriage all together, it might even come to not getting licenses . And people who want to make it legal would then have too have a civil marriage too, at a courthouse or JP. But the issue is staying with God and the Bible, and being married in the eyes of God, NOT the state. We can pray it doesn’t come to that, but it very well may.
I can't find the Freeper link, butt here was a story last year about a woman that was suing her Baptist church of the pastor performing a gay wedding.
there is no way he can be forced to marry them and to worry about it instead of just preaching and telling folks marriage is between one man and one woman is silly