(CNSNews.com) – Rev. Robert Schenck, chairman of the Evangelical Church Alliance, said Wednesday’s Supreme Court’s ruling that left in place a trial court’s conclusion that Proposition 8 – which bans gay marriage – is unconstitutional, does not change the biblical definition of marriage.
“One thing true about today’s court decision on marriage: they do not change the biblical or timeless truth of the nature of marriage as between a man and a woman,” he said.
The high court also invalidated a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevented same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits, ruling that gay couples should get the same benefits as heterosexual couples.
Schenck said the ruling was “an invitation” to look at gay couples and families headed by gay couples “through the lens of God’s love.”
“Just as importantly, for Christians of traditional faith like evangelicals, for whom I speak, today’s decisions are an invitation to look at the reality of same-sex couples and families differently – through the lens of God’s love, to seek and minister with grace and mercy to all people,” he said.
“The Gospel is open to all, regardless of their sexual orientation or the configuration of their families. This is a challenge that our folks need to meet, and in prayer and with God’s wisdom, I know we’ll meet it,” Schenck added.
“On Proposition 8, the question of whether the people will get to decide for themselves how marriage will be practiced in their states appears to await another day, and that’s a good question to pursue,” Schenck said.
“We’re disappointed in the short-term results and the short-term questions that remain unsettled, but the public conversation continues, and that’s a good thing,” he said.
Meanwhile, Schenck said, the decision does not change the biblical definition of marriage – the union of one man and one woman.
Jennifer Kerns, official spokesperson for Prop 8, said she represents the 7 million voters in California who voted for the same-sex marriage ban. She noted that more than 10 million voters in the mid-1990s voted for Proposition 22, a ballot initiative that only recognized marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
“While I have been quiet for the last five years for this proposition to take its course in our legal system, I’m here on behalf of the seven million voters in the state of California to express our disappointment. We believe that every vote should count,” Kerns said.