Decision Respects Boundaries Between Civil and Religious Institutions
Washington, DC – The Interfaith Alliance praised the California Supreme Court for its decision In re Marriage Cases because it respects the boundaries between the civil and religious institutions of marriage. The Interfaith Alliance is the only organization dedicated to protecting the integrity of both religion and democracy in America. The Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, a practicing Baptist minister and President of the Interfaith Alliance issued the following statement:
The California Supreme Court recognized that in America’s diverse religious landscape there are many theological positions on same-gender marriage, some of which support the institution and some that oppose the institution. Today’s opinion does not force any house of worship to change its theology or traditions concerning same-gender marriage. Those houses of worship which oppose same-gender marriage will not be forced to perform those ceremonies.
This opinion recognizes the important boundaries between the legal requirements for the civil institution of marriage and the theological requirements for the religious institution of marriage. We believe this case strengthens religious freedom because it leaves the choice over performing same-gender marriages with each house of worship to decide for itself. Our organization stands for faith and freedom, and this opinion reflects both values.
Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org.