Can Pastors and Churches Be Forced to Perform Same-Sex Marriages?

State Defenses

Since the Supreme Court in Obergefell held that same-sex wedding is really a constitutional right, states now must license same-sex marriages and recognize those from out-of-state on a single terms as normal wedding. But, the ruling will not restrict state laws allowing pastors to solemnize marriages while they desire, or elsewhere disrupt state-level liberty that is religious for pastors and churches.

State Religious Freedom Restoration Acts

Since the Supreme Court’s choice in City of Boerne, twenty-one states have actually enacted state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts. 15 Although many closely monitor the defenses associated with the federal RFRA, there are wide variations between some state RFRAs. Read More