June 26th will be a day forever remembered for the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage as a basic ‘human right’. I join in this celebration as a Christian, a Presbyterian Pastor, and as an advocate for those who are truly in love wishing to be married.
I also need to step back from celebration to remember the pain and grief of those good and faithful women and men who disagree with this Supreme Court decision. I need to remember that four Supreme Court justices were quite animate in their dissent of this decision. In my quarter century of ministry, the Presbyterian church has also been painfully divided on the issue of same-sex marriage. Every vote taken by the General assembly on issues related to sexuality seem to come down to roughly a 40/60 split. We are not of one voice on this issue of gay marriage!
I continue to believe that love will always surpass understanding. The love of God for all of us, regardless how we feel about this issue of gay marriage, will continue to bind us together as members of the one holy and united Body of Christ.
Let’s celebrate. Let’s also remember some in our churches are grieving when it comes to this Supreme Court decision on the issue of same-sex marriage. Let’s agree to disagree knowing God’s love will always create bonds that surpass any disagreement.