Church Law

Churches face a variety of issues that are unique to the context of a house of worship. From child safety concerns, to property issues, employment issues, church governance and many other issues, churches are faced with a broad array of legal problems. We are dedicated to helping pastors, church administrators, lay leaders and others learn how to improve the legal health of their church.



What the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling means for Texas churches


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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Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is general in nature and is not intended to provide, or be a substitute for, legal analysis, legal advice, or consultation with appropriate legal counsel. It is always best to utilize the help of a professional legal counsel who can assist you based on your church’s specific situation and needs. By posting this information, the Baptist General Convention of Texas is not providing legal advice, and the use of this document is not intended to constitute advertising or solicitation and does not create an attorney-client relationship between your church and the Baptist General Convention of Texas or between you and any Baptist General Convention of Texas employee or independent contractor.