Christian televangelist Pat Robertson said Monday the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic ruling on same-sex marriage does nothing to change its illegality due to separations of power.
“The 700 Club” host was asked on Monday’s show how Christians should respond to the argument Romans 13:1-4 can be interpreted as de facto support for same-sex marriage.
“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same,” the biblical passage reads.
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Robertson gave answers echoed over the past few months by Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis. Davis was ordered detained Sept. 3 under a ruling by U.S. District Judge David Bunning after she refused to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples. She spent five days in jail.
“You can’t have people misinterpreting the Bible,” Roberts said. “The Supreme Court has issued a ruling. In the legal system, ‘Party A’ says to ‘Party B’ over marriage, ‘I want to get married to them,’ and the court says, ‘OK, you can get married.’ That doesn’t mean I have to get married to a homosexual. It doesn’t mean you have to, nor does it mean it’s the law of the land. Congress didn’t pass any law. Your state legislature didn’t pass a law. So you’re not under anything. It’s a decision of the court having to do with a couple of people. Now they would like to make it bigger than that but, in terms of the Constitution, it isn’t.”
Huckabee previously likened resistance to the Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling to the efforts of civil-rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. to overcome racism.
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