Dr. Robert Jeffress, Senior Pastor at the 12,000 member First Baptist Dallas, said in a recent interview that conservative Christians need to move on from their attempts to reverse the 2015 decision in which the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.
Jeffress served on President-elect Donald Trump’s Faith Advisory Council, spoke in his defense in the national media, and was at his election night party in New York City. Because of his visibility during this year’s election cycle, Jane McGarry recently spoke with him for a story on local ABC affiliate WFAA-8’s Good Morning Texas.
During the segment, in which they aired clips from an interview where they discussed his views on Catholicism, the exclusivity of Christ, the Alt-Right and recent protests outside the church, McGarry spoke with Jeffress about his opposition to gay marriage. Jeffress stated, “This is not going to be relitigated by the Supreme Court. It is the law of the land, and I wish it were different, but it’s not different. And actually, I had to argue against some hard right Catholic and Evangelicals who wanted Mr. Trump to make that a campaign issue. I said, ‘Guys forget it. It’s over. We need to go on to other things like protecting the unborn.’”
Jeffress’ comments mirrored those of the President-elect who recently told 60 Minutes’ Leslie Stahl, "It's irrelevant because it was already settled. It's law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it's done.”
Ironically, in the days leading up to the election, Jeffress argued that Christians should vote for Donald Trump because he would appoint Supreme Court justices who might overturn previously “settled” law. In a November 1st opinion piece on Fox News’ website, he said Christians should vote and vote for Trump because he “has pledged to nominate Supreme Court justices who will either overturn Roe v. Wade of at least curtail late-term abortions including the horrific practice of partial birth abortion.”
The positions of President-elect Trump and Pastor Jeffress stand in opposition to the 2016 Republican Party platform. It decries the “five unelected lawyers” who “robbed 320 million Americans of their legitimate constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman” and calls for “the appointment of justices and judges who respect the constitutional limits on their power and respect the authority of the states to decide such fundamental social questions.”
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Publication date: December 8, 2016