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 is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit