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Churches changing bylaws after gay marriage ruling to try to avoid lawsuits

August 25, 2013
source: Deseret News

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MR says: Some religious leaders feel the changes are unnecessary, but others want to be prepared in case this becomes a civil rights issue. A great quote that sums up the current situation for churches: "It's almost an impossible situation to reconcile what's going on in our culture, and our whole theology of welcoming and loving people, versus what it says in the Bible."

Worried they could be sued by gay couples, some churches are changing their bylaws to reflect their view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman.

Although there have been suits against wedding industry businesses that refuse to serve gay couples, attorneys promoting the bylaw changes say they don't know of any lawsuits against churches.

Critics say the changes are unnecessary, but some churches fear that it's only a matter of time before one of them is sued.

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