Bracing for Gay Marriage Decision

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, people wait to enter the Supreme Court in Washington. Only two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples. The decision did not address the validity of state marriage bans, but courts across the country, with few exceptions, said its logic compelled them to invalidate state laws that prohibited gay and lesbian couples from marrying. A look at what is now before the Supreme Court, and the status of same-sex marriage around the country. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File )

The United States Supreme Court could rule this morning or Monday on same-sex marriage.  At issue is whether states can continue to have their own bans on gay marriage in place.  Early speculation is the court will rule in favor of gay marriage.  The bigger question is how broad will their ruling be and what, if any, exemptions are carved out for religious institutions.

Southern Baptists have been pushing back against gay marriage.  Convention leaders told members just last week to continue to oppose same sex-marriage and not allow same-sex ceremonies in their churches.  One of the most outspoken voices in Mobile County is the Senior Pastor at Woodridge Baptist Church, Dr. Mack Morris.

“When it comes to a law that supersedes the law of God as we understand it we do not intend to support that, neither will we obey it we will not obey any law that seeks to force us to perform same sex marriages it will not happen,” said Morris.  A ruling in favor of gay marriage could have a big impact on Mobile.  No one has been able to get a marriage license in Mobile County for more than three months.  Marriage license windows have been closed since a federal judge ordered Mobile County to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and the State Supreme Court said probate judges didn’t have to.

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