Same-Sex Marriage and Your Church: A Quick Review of What the Supreme Court Did & Did Not Do

Over two months has passed since the US Supreme Court’s June 26, 2013 rulings addressing same-sex marriages (addressing the constitutionality of the federal definition of marriage under Section 3 of DOMA and California’s Proposition 8, respectively). Now that the initial societal hubbub has subsided, federal and state governments, religious institutions, and nonprofit employers in general are beginning to focus on the many tax and legal issues affected by these rulings.

What the Rulings Do

“Blood Pools At Church Steps” – Safety and Security in Houses of Worship

Pastor Michael Allen of Uptown Baptist Church tweeted those words after a gunman opened fired on a group of people standing near a bus stop outside the church.  According to a Chicago Sun-Times report, at the time of the shooting, about 175 people were eating tacos in a church outreach ministry meal to the homeless.  One victim collapsed on the church steps and lay near death. 

Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations Report Released

The Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations was formed in 2011 to advise Senator Grassley on a number of current federal tax laws affecting religious organization in the US.  Last week, the Commission submitted a 60-page report proposing recommended changes to the law prohibiting Section 501(c)(3) organizations from intervening in political campaign activity.