SAME-SEX MARRIAGE MATERIALS
Dennis W. Watkins, Legal Counsel Church of God
The issue of same-sex marriage continues to be one of the issues of greatest concern for our ministers and constituency. Since June 26, 2015, when the United States Supreme Court released the Obergefell decision, our ministers have been greatly troubled by the possible ramifications of this case. I have seen some good materials being circulated about this subject, but it has been my desire to provide the very best resources possible to our pastors and church workers. In that regard, I have engaged the law firm of Gammon & Grange in McLean, Virginia, to assist me in creating some materials specifically for Church of God pastors. Gammon & Grange is one of the leading nonprofit law firms in America and has been on the forefront of providing guidance to churches and church organizations about this subject. I am greatly appreciative of their help. There is attached to this article a Frequently Asked Questions paper that I think touches on the most important aspects of this subject. Also attached is a sample or template Facilities Use Policy and Procedures form that you can adapt to your local church’s needs. I hope that these items will be of great assistance to you. Remember that this issue of same-sex marriage is a developing one and that we can expect much future activity in the courts and elsewhere as we see the emergence of this subject. Please join with us in prayer for every aspect of this matter.
In the near future I hope to send out some more materials to you. One will be a slightly revised “Statement by Pastor Regarding Same-Sex Marriages” that I provided at the 2014 International General Assembly. Another item that I plan to send out is a sample or form set of ByLaws for a local Church of God that is not incorporated. I continue to get requests for such a document from our churches because the vast majority of local Churches of God are not incorporated. Banks, businesses and other entities often need such a document and I have created one for you. As always, feel free to contact me if I may assist you in any way.
Facility Usage Form (Template)