A North Carolina Baptist church – 650-member congregation – has voted this past Sunday to prohibit its pastor from legally marrying a heterosexual couple until gay marriage is legal in the state, the News Observer reported.
“As people of faith, affirming the Christian teaching that before God all people are equal, we will no longer participate in this discrimination,” the statement reads.
Marriages will continue to occur, but the certificates to make the marriages legal won’t be signed until the Pastor can sign them on behalf of all couples seeking to marry.
Which is a solid demonstration of weddings being religious ceremonies with meaning to those who seek out such ceremonies – and by failing to legalize the heterosexual marriages, this church nicely demonstrates that the license comes from the State and the State has no business to withhold licenses for any legal activity by law abiding citizens.
The state’s interest in the legal formation of families does not extend to within the family structure – that’s down to individual’s freedom of choice.