Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Gay marriage: mainline denominations affirm SCOTUS

At least three mainline Protestant denominations have celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court's nationwide legalization of gay marriage, and others say they are divided on the issue.

With a new Associated Press poll suggesting decreased support for same-sex marriage among Americans generally, a watchdog group that monitors mainline bodies said gay-affirming denominations are more progressive regarding marriage than the culture.

"By and large, [mainline denominations] have been more liberal than the culture in compromising their sexual standards before the country itself compromised its laws on marriage," said Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

Average church members in mainline denominations, Tooley told Baptist Press, are "close to where the nation is as a whole" on gay marriage, but the "governing bodies" of those denominations are "certainly much more liberal than the country is." Keep reading

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