For many Christians, the question has never been about whether people can marry the same sex. The idea has nothing to do with legal language. It has to do with the definition of marriage. Two people of the same sex cannot marry because what they do is not marriage. Marriage is a union created by God, and the government cannot change what God instituted.

This was not the legal standing of the U.S. Supreme Court. According to their ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, the government determines what the definition of marriage. This, for Christians clearly places the government in an idolatrous position. They can believe and operate as God tells them or they can obey the government, but there can only be one authority on this issue.  This is why this authority should never be conceded to the government in the first place.

But for many, this Christian understanding was becoming financially impossible to hold. At least in the public legal sense, the Christian was being forced into financial and practical assent to this variant view of marriage and the authority over its administration.

Now, this might be changing, at least in Virginia.

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