What happened to churches that refused to hold interracial weddings?
March 25, 2013 11:27 AM Subscribe
Around the time that the Supreme Court decided Loving v. Virginia, did any churches lose their tax exempt status either due to (A) political activities related to the fight over interracial marriage or (B) due to the refusal to conduct such marriages for its members?
posted by jepler to law & government (21 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
On the news this morning, I heard
a pastor of a conservative church say
Who knows if the gay rights[sic] get their way, that if some gay couple wants to get married in my church, I say no, they'll say, well, you got to, or we'll take away your tax rights[sic], or you'll have to start paying property taxes, because that's discrimination. Who knows what they'll do?
This made me wonder what happened to churches that were on the wrong side in interracial marriage.
Bonus question: What exactly is the lawsuit against the Word of Life Church in El Paso, TX? The story alludes to a lawsuit against the church that might affect its tax-exempt status, but it doesn't actually say what the lawsuit is:
[H]e's now facing a lawsuit that his church engaged in political activities, which would jeopardize its tax-exempt status.