AUSTIN PASTOR, TFN BOARD MEMBER PRAISES RULING FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN TEXAS
Federal Court Ruling Is Historic for Both Religious Freedom and Civil Liberties, Bethune Says
The Rev. Dr. Larry Bethune, pastor of Austin’s University Baptist Church and a member of the Texas Freedom Network Board of Directors, has the following statement following today’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio that the Texas ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Bethune said:
"Today’s decision is historic for both religious freedom and civil liberties. It respects the religious freedom of many congregations, like my own, that have been blessing same-sex unions for several years. Moreover, marriage equality acknowledges the worth and dignity of all families under the law and in our faith tradition. University Baptist Church blesses same-sex and heterosexual unions as a gift and calling from God."
Bethune has served on the Texas Freedom Network board since 1995.
The Texas Freedom Network is an nonpartisan, grassroots organization of religious and community leaders who support religious freedom, individual liberties and public education.