It has been nearly one year since the United States legalized same-sex marriage. Since then, millions of LGBTQ Americans have taken part in same-sex weddings.
However, if you remember, when the ruling came down, the Christian Right went into a frenzy at the idea that their religious leaders would be legally forced to preside over same-sex weddings.
“That may mean we experience jail time…but as the scripture says, we ought to obey God rather than man, and that’s our choice,” said Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church of Dallas.Rick Scarborough, a Baptist pastor, urged members of the clergy to sign a petition pledging to “resist all government efforts to require them to accept gay marriage, and they will accept any fine and jail time to protect their religious freedom and the freedom of others.”
Well, here we are, one year later and I am shocked by the number of pastors, priests, and religious leaders forced to take part in same-sex marriages.
What? Zero? Yup! That’s right. No government laws have been created to force a single religious leader to take part in any wedding they don’t want to.
If you want to keep further tabs on this, check out the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State’s new website devoted to tracking this.