7 Points from Today's Same-Sex Marriage Rulings
What church leaders should note from the Supreme Court's decisions.

Richard Hammar, editor of Church Law & Tax Report, penned a quick analysis today on ChurchLawAndTax.com regarding the Supreme Court's rulings on same-sex marriage. Rich offers seven key points for church leaders to note, including the following:

  • The seven state statutes and 30 state constitutions defining marriage as a union between a male and female are not affected;
  • It is likely if not inevitable that the Supreme Court will one day address the constitutionality of state laws declining to recognize same-sex marriages;
  • Churches need to carefully evaluate the application of federal laws and regulations to church employees who are lawfully married under state law to a person of the same sex.

Read the rest of Rich's article, then watch for in-depth coverage in the September/October edition of Church Law & Tax Report.

Read Christianity Today's interviews with ministry leaders and legal experts on the rulings and the New York Times' Ross Douthat's opinion piece about the looming legal challenges at the state level.

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