EUGENE, Ore. — While many same-sex couples were celebrating Monday — not everyone is on board with the ruling.
Those who are opposed, say the same-sex ruling is difficult to accept.
We spoke with a former pastor of a Lutheran church who says the ruling Monday is going to alter the structure of family life and it’s part of a nationwide shift to a completely different way of thinking.
Philip Schoenherr says for many years the standard for marriage has been defined by the bible: one man and one woman.
But now the country has changed to a “whatever feels right, whatever seems good” is what we should do as a nation.
He says today’s decision has rocked their boat.
“What does this mean for the church? What does it mean for the standard that has been the root of our lives for so many years,” said Schoenherr.
Schoenherr says what feels right may actually be morally wrong.
The Oregon Family Council released a strongly worded statement Monday saying the state colluded with gay-rights groups to sidestep the will of voters, and a judge allowed it.
The Oregon Catholic Conference issued a statement saying what they call “authentic marriage” remains between one man and one woman.
Schoenherr does feel that same-sex couples can be committed to each other and agrees they should have equal rights.
But now that same-sex couples can ask the church to marry them in Oregon — he says it poses a dilemma for many pastors.