WASHINGTON (KTLA) — The chairman of the Evangelical Church Alliance reacted to the Supreme Court’s decisions on Prop. 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday.
“No matter how any of us feel about the outcomes in these cases, one thing is true: the Supreme Court has no authority when it comes to the nature of marriage. That authority belongs to the creator, whom our founders declared is the source of all our rights,” Rev. Rob Schenck said.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned DOMA, ruling that same-sex couples who are legally married may receive federal benefits.
The court also cleared the way for same-sex unions to resume in California, turning away an appeal by proponents of Proposition 8.
“On Proposition 8, the question of whether the people will get to decide for themselves how marriage will be practiced in their states appears to await another day, and that’s a good question to pursue,” Schenck said.
He appealed to all Christians to look at same-sex couples through God’s eyes.
“Today’s decisions are an invitation to look at the reality of same-sex couples and families differently, through the lens of God’s love, to seek and minister with grace and mercy to all people. The gospel is open to all regardless of their sexual orientation or the configuration of their families. This is a challenge that our folks need to meet,” he said.
Rev. Paul Schenck, representing Catholics United for Life, concurred with his brother’s statements.