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6/26/13 at 11:53 PM 7 Comments

Two Different Views: Can President Obama Pressure Churches to Perform Gay Marriages

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Since the United States Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, some Christians are worried that churches could be penalized for refusing to perform gay marriages.

News articles have been posted that express both sides of this church-state debate.

The Breitbart article IRS Could Revoke Non-Profit Status for Religious Institutions Refusing to Perform Same-Sex Marriages warns of potential dangers ahead:

In 1983, the Supreme Court ruled in Bob Jones University v. United States that it was within the scope of the First Amendment’s protections for religion for the IRS to revoke the tax exempt status for the university based on its policy prohibiting interracial dating.

The Washington Examiner article Obama: I won’t make churches conduct gay marriages represents the other side of this debate:

President Obama, in his statement hailing the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, promised that he wouldn’t try to force religious institutions to conduct gay marriages.

However the Washington Examiner also shows that religious groups are skeptical of Obama's claims:

Here’s guessing that the Roman Catholics and other religious groups that are in the midst of fighting the contraception mandate are skeptical of that pledge.

Meanwhile gay rights activists will continue to push for gay marriage through courts and state legislatures. Their actions could hurt religious freedoms more than President Obama.

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