“It would seem that the law now is that churches do not have to perform marriages that violate its beliefs,” he told The Baptist Message newspaper. “However, if a church rents out its facilities for weddings to anyone but same-sex couples, then a court could find that the church is discriminating in violation of law by only refusing to rent to homosexuals.”
Many Louisiana pastors said the changes are sad, but necessary.
“It’s a shame that we have to vote on something like this,” said Paul Dabdoub, pastor of Ridge Memorial Baptist Church. “But for protection, it is a must.”
But Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, told Fox News that’s not necessarily true.
“The U.S. Constitution already guarantees the right of churches to decide which sacraments they wish to perform and whom they want to include in these rituals, including weddings,” Lynn said. “So these additions to church constitutions are unnecessary.”
Attorney Stanley said the legalization of gay marriage will have an impact on religious liberty.
“Religiously liberty is on the chopping block any time same-sex marriage is legalized or normalized in the culture,” he told Baptist Press.
Last week, American evangelist Tony Miano was arrested and interrogated in London after he delivered a sidewalk sermon – preaching that homosexuality is a sin. He was charged with “using homophobic speech that could cause people anxiety, distress, alarm or insult.”
American pastor Scott Lively was sued in a United States federal court for preaching in Uganda that homosexuality is a sin. Sexual Minorities Uganda accused him of inciting the persecution of homosexuals during a 2009 mission trip to the country.
And a number of Christian-owned companies have come under legal attack for their opposition to homosexuality.
Hands On Originals, a Lexington, Ken. t-shirt company, was investigated by the city’s Human Rights Commission after they refused to print shirts for a local gay rights group.
The state of Washington is suing a small flower shop after the owner declined to provide flowers for a gay wedding.
Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Wash., is facing thousands of dollars in fines and penalties for allegedly violating the state’s Consumer Protection Act.
Pastor Carr said he always thought such changes in the culture would occur “way down the road.”
“But the shoes are dropping all over the country,” he said. “This is a religious liberty issue.”
And he is especially troubled about what the future holds for evangelical Christian pastors.
“I believe pastors will be charged with hate crimes and promoting violence against homosexuality by just preaching what the Bible teaches,” he told Fox News. “I don’t believe they are going to pass any legislation protecting pastors.”
Carr said he does not advocate, promote or endorse violence against anyone, “but I’m not going to back away from preaching with the Bible teaches.”