By a vote of five to four, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that same-sex couples may now marry in all 50 states, striking down the bans of states who have attempted do so.
On a face book post, I commented that this decision is just the beginning.
Although "the majority believe the First Amendment gives religious groups and people "proper protection" to "continue to advocate" their beliefs on traditional marriage, the dissenters are more skeptical and concerned that "people of faith can take no comfort" in the ruling."
The concern now is that religious freedom in America is next. Church leaders who refuse to except or marry same-sex couples could be in jeopardy of losing their 501(c)(3) status. Why? Because the funds that support 501(c)(3) are public/government funds. The request and acceptance of the 501(c)(3) status establishes a covenant (a binding agreement and contract) between the government and the church.
Now that the SCOTUS has legalized gay marriage, or should I say redefined it to fit the sin nature of man, some evangelicals believe that Christians should opt out of government-sanctioned marriage. But should churches also opt out of taking government funding and tax exempt recognition 501(c)(3)?