Churches in Little Rock Talk Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

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LITTLE ROCK, AR – Many questions still remain after the supreme court ruling Friday morning.

Will same-sex couples be allowed to say “I Do” at the alter of their choice, or will it just be the courthouse?

For Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Little Rock anyone is welcome, but for other churches they haven’t decided yet what they are going to do.

“I feel like it is what the church ‘ought to be doing in the way that I read the scriptures,” said Kate Alexander the Associate Rector at Christ Episcopal Church.

At Christ Episcopal, Alexander says you will always see doors open and a welcome sign saying, “All are welcome”.

“Here we are privileged to do same-sex blessing so in that sense we have been a little ahead of the legal curve,” said Alexander.

For other churches like Pulaski Heights Baptist, Senior Pastor Randy Hyde says he will remain on the fence until his members weigh in.

“It doesn’t necessarily mean that we will be taking an action anytime soon because this is something we will have to talk about as a congregation and make out own determination as to what is the right thing for us to do and how to go about it,” said Hyde.

Some churches we reached out to told us no comment and others released statements.

According to First United Methodist Church in downtown Little Rock: 

In our 184 year history, First United Methodist Church in downtown Little Rock has always been an advocate for social change and justice. We rejoice in today’s Supreme Court ruling as it reflects our belief that God, our Creator, desires for all to love and be loved. We believe the ruling will be a catalyst for change in both our churches and communities. “

Saint Mark Baptist church had this to say about the ruling: 

“Today in a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that states are required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Saint Mark Baptist Church is steadfast regarding the definition of marriage: the Bible clearly defines marriage as only possible between a man and woman as a reflection of Jesus Christ and His Church (Ephesians 5:22-33). “

“Our Bible also commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:31) and demonstrate kindness, gentleness and goodness (Galatians 5:22-23). To that end, Saint Mark accepts and welcomes all persons of varying backgrounds and lifestyles, without judgment or condemnation. And we are committed to spreading the good news; that love won on the cross when Jesus died for the sins of the world. “

This statement was shared by the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock: 

“Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.” — Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Many churches we reached out to in Little Rock have yet to weight in.

But for Alexander, she hopes her church will continue to be a leader during this time of change.

“I am proud to be in a church that will bless a same-sex union, to me that feels like the right thing to do and feel authentic to the gospel,” said Alexander.

Alexander also mentioned right now the Episcopal Church is meeting for their general assembly in Salt Lake City where a decision could be made about same-sex marriage in the church.

 


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