Texas Baptist chaplains cannot perform same-sex marriages but are otherwise permitted to provide pastoral care “shaped by the Bible and Baptist tradition.”
Supporters say legislation is needed to protect individuals and religious organizations that don’t recognize gay marriage from discrimination. Opponents say same-sex couples who are legally married should be treated the same as everyone else.
Russell Moore and Andrew Walker of the Southern Baptist Convention Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission appear in an online video responding to criticism of new guidelines barring chaplains from attending same-sex weddings leveled in a commentary carried by Associated Baptist Press.
The U.S. military’s “normalization” of same-sex marriage puts Southern Baptist chaplains on the front line of America’s culture war, says Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler.
"Pro Deo et Patria" ("for God and country") is the motto of the Army Chaplain Corps. No longer can most Southern Baptist military chaplains continue to serve with integrity as military officers because their endorser, the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, has placed them in an unethical position.
The North American Mission Board has issued new guidelines prohibiting Southern Baptist military chaplains from participating in or attending same-sex weddings.
Sarah Shelton, pastor of Baptist Church of the Covenant in Birmingham, Ala., says it is inconsistent to accept LGBT members into every area of church life except marriage.