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Stand against gay marriage, Baptists urged

By Laura Lynn Brown

This article was originally published June 17, 2015 at 3:58 a.m. Updated June 17, 2015 at 3:58 a.m.

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“As a minister of the Gospel, I will not officiate over any same-sex unions or same-sex marriage ceremonies. I completely refuse,” the Rev. Ronnie Floyd of Springdale, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, declared Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio.

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The Supreme Court's impending ruling on same-sex marriage is prominent on the radar at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, which concludes today at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

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weona says... June 17, 2015 at 7:43 a.m.

OK seriously, why is it ANYONE'S business who I or someone else marries or sleeps with. The fact is if you think it is an abomination or wrong DON'T DO IT. Just because that is the way you feel does not mean it is not right for someone else. UNLESS you are truly helping someone positively there is not reason for you to be in their business. Teach what you believe to those who come to you asking for help and love stop trying to force your belief and ideas on those of us who do not want your ideas.
I am heterosexual so don't even think that is my issue, I just believe that if more people worried about cleaning up their own issues they would not have time to mess with anyone else.

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HawgFan says... June 17, 2015 at 7:48 a.m.

Does Ronnie Floyd honestly believe that a gay couple would come to his Baptist mega-church to get married?! Get real. Scripture also says women should cover their heads in church and not speak and if they have a question, they should ask their husbands. I wonder if I went to Floyd's church this Sunday if every woman would be silent and have a hat on??? Things to think about.

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WGT says... June 17, 2015 at 7:55 a.m.

Pathetic humans, the baptists. Mental illness. Sigh. Those of us who know must carry on, slogging our way through the garbage of humanity, cutting the path so others may follow to get out from under the abject slavery of religion.

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ArkansasHawk says... June 17, 2015 at 8:10 a.m.

There is a reason that the Southern Baptist membership has declined over the last 8 years and will continue to decline. They don't ever talk about the love of Christ. All they do is engage in cultural, social and political issues. They have become the Pharisees of our time.

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Duhig says... June 17, 2015 at 8:33 a.m.

RELIGION: Together, we can a cure

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TomN says... June 17, 2015 at 8:53 a.m.

Fundamentalism never has a future. Something Southern Baptists are learning the hard way, unfortunately. Growth and expansion cannot happen when the organization draws ever tighter circles of who is acceptable purportedly according to Biblical standards, and based upon only one hermeneutic or method of interpretation.

Floyd props up a straw man and commences his attack. Why would any homosexual man or woman go to him and seek marriage? He has nothing to fear and merely engages in rhetoric, a rhetoric that actually destroys the Gospel he claims to defend.

The truth of religion is always found beyond the quarrels of churches, beyond bigotry, beyond the tortures of "the rack and the stake," be it implemented by denomination or state. This lesson was learned in Europe centuries ago and something the Deists, Franklin and Jefferson, and those of Enlightenment philosophy insisted upon and built into this country's Constitution. Belief can never be coerced, manipulated, merely transferred, etc. We all come to our own belief system through personal experience. Dogma kills. Belief is more than simply accepting the organized thought of others, including denominations. True belief is always deeply personal and internal and rarely conforms to another's belief system derived from "their" personal experiences, etc.

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ARMNAR says... June 17, 2015 at 9:42 a.m.

Give it up, fundies. Your side lost. Liberty won. Put on your big girl panties and deal.

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BEARTRAP919 says... June 17, 2015 at 10:25 a.m.

All of these Religions Practicing the Small Tent policies will always need Smaller and Smaller Tents. Start Preaching the Gospel and Preach about Jesus Loving Everyone and your Tent will need to be made Larger. This Stuff that Most Religious People seem to be concerned about so much is a very "SMALL" part of the Old Testament, and it needs to be Abolished like the Live Offerings,. If The Baptists and Others will stop meddling in Peoples Sexual Lives, Your Crops will grow and your Churches will expand. Most Preachers today are not Speaking for Jesus. Try Getting Real for a Change, It Works.

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carpenterretired says... June 17, 2015 at 5:52 p.m.

Around a hundred years ago the big moral issues were dancing ,playing cards , playing baseball on Sunday and divorce all of which have about disappeared, playing baseball on Sunday was even a criminal offense in Arkansas so even which evangelical morals there can be change over time. True it is still imposable to legally buy a beer in about half the counties in Arkansas.

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