June 26, 2013
7 Points from Today's Same-Sex Marriage Rulings
What church leaders should note from the Supreme Court's decisions.
Richard Hammar, editor of Church Law & Tax Report, penned a quick analysis today on ChurchLawAndTax.com regarding the Supreme Court's rulings on same-sex marriage. Rich offers seven key points for church leaders to note, including the following:
- The seven state statutes and 30 state constitutions defining marriage as a union between a male and female are not affected;
- It is likely if not inevitable that the Supreme Court will one day address the constitutionality of state laws declining to recognize same-sex marriages;
- Churches need to carefully evaluate the application of federal laws and regulations to church employees who are lawfully married under state law to a person of the same sex.