One church prepares for same sex marriages
BATON ROUGE - One local church called it a blessing in the eyes of church, but now they're calling it a marriage in the eyes of the state after the supreme court ruled same sex marriage is legal.
Reverend Sharon Alexander brings a unique perspective to this heated issue. Alexander is a priest at Trinity Episcopal church but, before becoming a priest. She practiced corporate law for 18 years.
"It's not too suprising to me as a lawyer that they went with a 14 amendment, equal protection argument on that, and I'm also not surprised that they were very divided," said Reverend Alexander.
Alexander said adopting new standards locally is going to be a process. Prior to the supreme courts ruling, the Trinity church blessed same sex couples and now they can marry them.
"What the Episcopal church did was it came up with the liturgy that takes our normal ceremony and changes up the language a bit, so that it works both ways," said Reverend Alexander.
However, she said no minister within the church is forced to participate in any marriage ceremony.
"It's conscious clause in there that if someone doesn't agree with two people getting married whether it be the same sex or whether it be a man and a woman," said Reverend Alexander. "We don't have to do that, we can always say no and the way the law works the First Amendment protects us so nobody can bring a suit against us."
But before anything can be done, she said major decisions have to be made by the Bishop, clergy and other ministry locals.
"I mean we are still in the south, and there are a lot of churches that have a wide view," said Reverend Alexander. "I believe Trinity is a place that has a wide view and we are counseled to walk with our people Jesus is our shephard and we're walking with our flocks."