The Supreme Court is expected to announce a ruling on state gay marriage bans this month that could, depending on the ruling’s wording, legalize same sex marriage nationwide. Anticipating the decision, religious leaders, fearing they will lose their tax-exempt status or be forced to wed gay couples, are banding together in protest.
A coalition of those religious leaders purchased an ad in the Washington Post Wednesday, which takes the form of an open letter to the Supreme Court Justices urging them to uphold traditional marriage. The letter reads in part:
We are Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Christian pastors, clergy, lay leaders and Jewish leaders, who collectively represent millions of people in our specific churches, parishes, denominations, synagogues and media ministry outreaches.
So far, more than 43,000 people have signed a petition supporting traditional marriage, many of them church leaders fearful that if gay marriage becomes constitutional, their refusal to participate will jeopardize their tax-exempt status and even land them in legal trouble.
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