Position Statements

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Policy Statement and Guidelines to Chaplains Regarding Same-Gender Couples

Policy Statement and Guidelines to Chaplains Regarding Same-Gender Couples

By The Office of the Ecclesiastical Endorser |  February 14, 2014

SAME SEX MARRIAGE AND RELATED ACTIVITIES 

January 27, 2014
 
From: The Office of the Ecclesiastical Endorser, National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
 
Subject: Policy Statement and Guidelines to Chaplains Regarding Response to the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act and Subsequent Office of the Secretary of Defense Announcements on Same-Gender Couples.
 
On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States deemed unconstitutional Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which states “the word ‘marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word ‘spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife.” On August 14, 2013, the Office of Secretary of Defense announced that same-gender married couples serving in the military would be entitled to receive all benefits pertinent to married couples, effective September 3, 2013.
 
The Office of the National Baptist Ecclesiastical Endorser recognizes and supports the rights of all people to make social and legal decisions based upon their own personal convictions, teachings, and understanding of Local, State, and Federal law. In all matters of Faith and Practice, National Baptists are guided by Holy Scriptures. Genesis 2: 18-25 shows God’s concern for relationships by creating the woman to be a partner with man.
 
National Baptist Endorsed Chaplains, although serving in a pluralistic environment, are not to participate in any activity that implies or condones same sex marriage or same sex union. When the Chaplain is not able to perform specific rites and services because of conflict with Bible teachings, and with their own denominational faith and practice, they will make every effort to provide for the free exercise of religion with space and resources in keeping with military regulations and federal law.‚Äč
Dr. Charles F. Thomas, Sr.
Office of the Ecclesiastical Endorser
Home Mission Board
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
 
 
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A Statement on the Same-sex Marriage Issue, Voting and Christian Responsibility

A Statement on the Same-sex Marriage Issue, Voting and Christian Responsibility

June 21, 2012

On May 9, 2012, our President, Barack Obama, gave his personal opinion on same-sex marriage. His position is that same-sex partners should have the right to marry as do heterosexual couples and have access to the same benefits.

The National Baptist Convention, USA, Incorporated does not dictate to its constituent churches what position to take on issues because we believe in the autonomy of the local church. However, the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. affirms that marriage is a sacred biblical covenant between a man and a woman.

While many disagree and others agree with President Obama on the issue of same-sex marriage, let it be crystal clear that we are not a one-issue oriented convention.

Indeed, we have great appreciation for our President and for many of the stands that he has taken. For example, we appreciate his positions on health care reform, public education, student college loans, ending of the war in Iraq, leading in turning around the U. S. automobile industry, expanding Pell Grant spending, expanding health care for children, providing payment to wronged minority farmers, framing a foreign policy that has improved America’s image in the global community and advocating freedom and justice for all people, regardless of race, creed, color, ethnic background or gender.

Our convention further encourages each of us to pray for our President as he seeks to lead our nation and impact the global community for good.

I trust and pray that we will not allow our President’s position on marriage equality to distract or deter us from our Christian obligation and responsibility to vote in this Fall’s elections. Remember that many of our people have prayed, suffered, bled and died for us to have the right to vote. Please, let’s vote. 

Julius R. Scruggs,
President, National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.