In light of the recent Supreme Court decisions about marriage (U.S. v Windsor, available at http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-307_6j37.pdf) 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 – http://www.alliancedefendingfreedom.org/content/docs/issues/church/Suggested-Lang-Church-bylaws.pdf. 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.