[[email protected]@150="... someone who doesn’t believe that same-sex marriage is correct in the eyes of God" should not be "forced or compelled by government" to violate their religious freedom.
-- Ind. pastor Tim Overton]INDIANAPOLIS (BP) -- Indiana legislators have drafted an amendment to the state's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) specifically stating that no member of the public may be refused services by a private business based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The new language would exempt churches and religious organizations from the definition of "provider," which means churches will not be compelled to use their facilities for same-sex marriages, and pastors will not be compelled to officiate the ceremonies. Christian business owners, however, presumably would be required to provide services if asked.
WICHITA, Kan. (BP)--Immanuel Baptist Church in Wichita, Kan., issued a statement Sept. 18 citing financial issues as one of the reasons for the departure of its pastor, Terry Fox, who currently serves as chairman of the North American Mission Board's presidential search committee.