Transcript: Remarks by Rev. Rob Schenck on the Supreme Court’s rulings on same-sex marriage

Partial transcript of remarks by Rev. Rob Schenck, Chairman of the Evangelical Church Alliance, on the Supreme Court’s rulings on same-sex marriage on June 26, 2013:

As you’ve already heard, the court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional and it has found no standing on the part of the advocates of Proposition 8 in California.

I’ll be addressing both of those outcomes on behalf of the Evangelical Church Alliance, churches like ours, as well as tradition Christians who advocate for marriage as between a man and a woman.

No matter how any of us feel about the outcomes in these cases, one thing is true. The Supreme Court has no authority when it comes to the nature of marriage. That authority belongs to the Creator whom our founders declared is the source of all our rights.

The public conversation over marriage continues and that is a good thing.

When it comes to the Defense of Marriage Act, there are a myriad of perspectives of among evangelical and other Christians of traditional faith. But some believe it is best to get the federal government out of as many areas as possible, including marriage.

So there are those of us who are disappointed with the court’s action on DOMA while others say, “Yay, another tooth has been extracted from the federal monster.”

On Proposition 8, the question of whether the people will get to decide for themselves how marriage will be practiced in their state appears to await another day, and that’s a good question to pursue.

We’re disappointed in the short-term results and the short-term questions that remain unsettled, but the public conversation continues and that’s a good thing.

One thing true about today’s court decision on marriage, they do not change the biblical or timeless truth of the nature of marriage as between a man and a woman.

But just as importantly, for Christians of traditional faith, like evangelicals for whom I speak, today’s decisions are an invitation to look at the reality of same-sex couples and families differently – through the lense of God’s love, to seek and to minister with grace and mercy to all people. The Gospel is open to all regardless of their sexual orientation or the configuration of their families. This is a challenge that our folks need to meet and in prayer and with God’s wisdom, I know we’ll meet it.

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