Many churches here and in North Georgia are rewriting mission statements and facility use policies to include wording that the church will not host or officiate same-sex weddings because of their religious beliefs, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.
“First, I want to say that we have reminded our congregation to practice love toward others even if we disagree with their beliefs,” New Salem Baptist Church pastor Alan Rogers said. “We are revising our mission statement, member statement, facility use policy and employment policy so anyone new to our church will clearly understand our beliefs. I wish that I could say I could always be confident in the Supreme Court’s respect for religious freedom, but this decision is still so new it’s hard to predict all of its implications.”
Rogers was concerned that a church that refused to allow same-sex marriages on its property might find its tax-exempt status jeopardized because “the power to tax is the power to regulate.”
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