State and Church

In light of the recent Supreme Court decisions about marriage (U.S. v Windsor, available at our church is rethinking our relationship to the government  at both federal and state levels. I was recently asked why we maintain a 501(c)3 status with the IRS and if in so doing we are obligated to align our bylaws with current state and federal law. It is a complex issue and one that I am looking for advice. 

Currently we are in the process of adopting a section in our bylaws defining marriage (you can see the suggested language we are using at – There have been several changes suggested to the language which we are working through with our deacons. 

The larger question remains: what kind of relationship do we maintain with both the state and federal government?

Thoughts? Responses are welcome.


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