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CALL TO MOURNING & PRAYER
West Virginia pastor Dan Biser calls Christians to "weep and mourn, praying and agonizing for the lostness and wickedness that is prevailing upon our nation that has been so blessed by the Lord for so long. May we, as the Lord's people, give place to prayer, to anguish, to mourning that true repentance, confession and sorrow might be done."
FIRST-PERSON: Civil rights becomes behavioral
Baptist Press columnist Kelly Boggs notes the Supreme Court has taken "a giant step toward endorsing the concept of behavior as the basis for civil rights" in its ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.
FIRST-PERSON: One pastor's response
Alabama pastor Jeff Robinson recounts several ways he has sought to help his church respond to the Supreme Court's rulings on same-sex marriage.
FIRST-PERSON: Why gay marriage is good & bad for the church
Baptist editor Trevin Wax ponders the challenges along the potential benefits of the Supreme Court's gay marriage rulings on June 26.
ERLC chairman speaks a pastor’s perspective
CAMDEN, Ark. (BP) -- The church, more than any other institution, must constantly address issues of ethics and morality -- which Richard Piles understands as well as anybody in the Southern Baptist Convention.
     Piles, pastor of First Baptist Church in Camden, became chairman of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's trustees in May 2012 after serving on the board for four years in various capacities.
Twitter carries Baptist leaders’ dismay with gay marriage ruling
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Social media, particularly Twitter, was a preferred format for Southern Baptist leaders and others to express their reactions in the hours that followed the landmark Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage June 26. Columns written and tweeted by R. Albert Mohler Jr. of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Russell D. Moore of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission were among the most popular, with several leaders retweeting their words. O.S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Resources, tweeted, "After SCOTUS news really thankful 2nite 4 @albertmohler @drmoore who speak truth in love defending Biblical values in a culture gone awry."
Obama, gay marriage advocates push for more
WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Obama needed only a day after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling for same-sex marriage to call for its recognition by all states.
TIMELINE: Gay marriage in the United States
WASHINGTON (BP) -- Follow this timeline on developments in the gay marriage controversy, from the signing of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 to the historic decisions by the Supreme Court on gay marriage.
TODAY’S COURT RULINGS: How should same-sex marriage change the church’s witness?
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Supreme Court has now ruled on two monumental marriage cases, and the legal and cultural landscape has changed in this country.      The court voted to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and remand the decision of the Ninth Circuit in the Proposition 8 case, holding that California’s Proposition 8 defenders didn’t have standing. The Defense of Marriage Act decision, meanwhile, used rather sweeping language about equal protection and human dignity as they apply to the recognition of same-sex unions.      But what has changed for us, for our churches, and our witness to the Gospel?
FIRST-PERSON: Waiting on the other shoe
The Supreme Court's majority did not want to pay the political price that a decision as immediately sweeping as Roe v. Wade would have cost, seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. says. Instead, the majority decided to send a clear signal that such a case will now be well-received.
FIRST PERSON: The mission remains
Commenting on the Supreme Court's June 26 rulings on same-sex marriage, LifeWay Research President Ed Stetzer reminds that the church exists "to show the world the love of Christ and share with the world His Good News. No election, referendum or court ruling will ever change that."
In milestone, gay marriage prevails at Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a historic ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, but it stopped short of redefining marriage nationwide. In one of two rulings regarding gay marriage, the high court struck down Wednesday (June 26) a federal law defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.
Marriage defenders express disappointment
"We continue to love and pray for our country. We will work to defend and uphold the ideals of religious and personal liberties enshrined in our God-given and constitutionally-granted Bill of Rights." – Frank Page
WASHINGTON (BP) -- Defenders of the biblical, traditional definition of marriage expressed disappointment in the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on same-sex marriage, especially its decision to strike down a federal law defining the institution as only between a man and a woman.      In one of two rulings Wednesday (June 26), the justices said in a 5-4 decision the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violated "equal protection" under the Constitution by refusing to recognize gay marriages. The opinion means same-sex couples will have access to employee, Social Security, tax and other benefits previously limited to heterosexual couples.

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