What a relief. Ever since the Supreme Court ruling in 2015 effectively legalizing same-sex marriage across the US and giving 15 minutes of fame to every bigoted town clerk who refused to issue a marriage license, I’ve been terrified that the “religious liberty” of preachers in the pulpit would be trampled on. Turns out, I overreacted. Phew.
And just to verify that the most outspoken anti-same-sex-marriage talking heads aren’t the same people that LGBTQ couples would ask to officiate their weddings, an organization called LifeWay Research conducted a survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors to see if they’ve been asked to perform these abominations. The answer is no.
Only 11% of the pastors surveyed have even been asked to officiate a same-sex wedding, and I would only assume that a much smaller number have actually agreed to preside over such ceremonies. And they have every right to decline.
So it seems that the panic over the government forcing churches to perform gay weddings was for nothing. That’s not a thing. What a surprise.