Churches take steps to protect marriage

Kim Trobee of Citizen Link at Christian Civic League of Maine: Erik Stanley, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), said hundreds of congregations are following Waynesville’s example. “I think we’re in a day where every church needs to have a statement in its bylaws of its doctrinal beliefs on marriage and sexuality,” he told Baptist Press. “This is a proactive approach that churches can take to head off any claims of discrimination in the future, should they occur.” ADF has drafted guidelines churches can follow to amend their documents. “When the government creates a new ‘right,’ it puts all its resources into enforcing that ‘right,’” Johnston explained. “Pastors and churches should move now to state the important doctrine of male-female marriage.”