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Religious advocates question same sex marriage

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It is a new year and a new view on marriage. Last year, Florida defined marriage as the relationship between a man and a woman, but on January 6 a federal court ruling redefined marriage.

"When marriage loses its meaning, then it begins to mean nothing," said Dr. Richard Marks.

Marks, a religious-based marriage counselor, said his ministry is more focused on saving marriages from divorce, than on the issue of same-sex marriage.

"We are a marriage and family strengthening initiative," said Marks. "Fatherhood as well."

But Marks said even though he has avoided the heated debate on the issue, it is difficult to ignore the implications of same sex marriage.

Marks said faith based organizations are looking for ways to keep faith in the wedding ceremony. He gave another example of the implications of same sex marriage.

"What the Catholic Church says is we don't do weddings anymore, what we do is Sacramental covenant relations between a couple and Christ," said Marks.

Yet one more implication, he said, is a potential lawsuit from same sex couples demanding a church perform their marriage.

He said faith based institutions will have to make some hard decisions in the years to come.

"I do believe that there's a time coming where pastors are going to have to make a decision of what they do perform," said Marks. "I think the church is being forced to say we don't do marriages, we perform sacramental relations between a man a woman and God, I think that's what's coming."

Marks said the full implications of the redefinition of marriage, driven by society and civil law, is yet to be seen.


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