The Christian Life Commission aids Texas Baptists, churches, communities and government leaders give voice to critical issues in society from a Christian and biblical perspective.
For the first time in history, same-sex marriage has been made legal in the U.S. This change represents a culture shift, and American Christians have found that several ethical/theological positions are relevant to the discussion of and response to the issue. These positions include: marriage, family, sexual behavior, church and state and religious liberty.
What the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling means for Texas churches
by John Litzler on June 26, 2015 in culture
On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that state bans on same-sex marriage violate the 14th amendment. The decision, written by Justice Kennedy, reflects a remarkable reversal in public acceptance of same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage is now legal in Texas. Texas must also recognize the validity of marriages performed in other states. The decision has had an immediate effect as some county clerk’s offices are already reporting they are open and ready to provide same-sex marriage licenses.
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Ethics & Justice
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Christian citizenship is a response to the call of God and the example of the ministry of Jesus Christ in the world. As caring Christians, we are called to reach out to the needs of the world with talents, spiritual gifts and compassion. Because of this, our Public Policy branch has provided information on public policy issues such as Criminal Justice, Alcohol & Addiction, Education and Gambling, so that the world we live in can reflect Biblical truth. To learn more, please visit our Public Policy pages or contact Kathryn Freeman at: kathryn.freeman[at]texasbaptists.org.
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