Can Pastors and Churches Be Forced to Perform Same-Sex Marriages? State Defenses As the Supreme Court in Obergefell held that same-sex wedding is really a constitutional right, states now must license same-sex marriages and recognize those from out-of-state for a passing fancy terms as normal wedding. Nonetheless, the ruling will not affect state rules allowing pastors to solemnize marriages while they desire, or perhaps disrupt state-level religious liberty protections for pastors and churches. State Religious Freedom Restoration Acts Since the Supreme Court’s choice in City of Boerne, twenty-one states have enacted state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts. 15 Although many closely monitor the defenses of this federal RFRA, there are wide variants between some state RFRAs. State RFRAs generally prevent government […]