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East Biloxi pastor reacts to same-sex marriage


It's been two days since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down bans on same-sex marriage in a historic 5-4 ruling. While people around the world are rejoicing in the news, there are still those who don't agree.

“I believe that God set the standards for marriage in the Garden of Eden when He made one man for one woman,” Pastor Kenneth Hollins of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church said.

Pastor Hollins says he believes it's clear in scripture how God feels about same-sex marriage.

“God did not make Adam and Steve. God made Adam and Eve,” he said firmly.

Even though the five to four ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court requires states to license and recognize same-sex marriages legally, Pastor Hollins says God's law will never change.

“Even though the Supreme Court has determined gay marriage to be legal, it does not change the fact that God is the originator of marriage,” he said. “And what God has said about marriage will never change and can never be changed by anybody.”

Pastor Hollins says even though Christians are to abide by what the Holy Bible defines as marriage, judgment should not be passed on others who define marriage differently.

“Our God is a God of love,” he started off saying, “in fact, God is love. God loves everybody and we as children of God must exhibit love for everyone because this is what God wants us to do. This is what He did when He gave His only son to die for everybody. And the Bible says all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

At this time same-sex marriage licenses aren't available in the state of Mississippi. That's because of an order by the Attorney General Jim Hood. It could be up to 25 days before the state can issue any license.

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