Evangelist Pat Robertson challenged the notion that gay marriage is "the law of the land" after a woman wrote in to the "700 Club" to ask how she should respond to a letter published in a local newspaper that used Bible verses to support the legalization of same-sex nuptials.
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The woman, identified as Sherri, described recently seeing a newspaper note that was penned by a young college student who argued that Romans 13:1-4 supports the legalization of gay marriage.
"He claims that Romans 13:1-4 clearly supports the Supreme Court gay marriage decision," Sherri wrote. "He writes, 'Since the Bible says that government is from God, therefore everyone must submit to the government. Even Christians. These verses will not only shut up the bigots but will settle this argument once and for all."
Those verses, which focus on submitting to governing authorities, read:
"Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer."
The woman called the student's claims "blasphemous" and asked how to respond with both conviction and love. Robertson, who is a known opponent of same-sex marriage, said that the young man is "wrong" and that the woman should simply tell him so.
"You can't have people misinterpreting the Bible," the evangelist said.
From there, he launched into a legal diatribe, questioning the Supreme Court's June decision to legalize same-sex nuptials.
"In the legal system, party A sues party B over marriage, ‘I want to get married to them,’ and the court says, ‘Okay, you can get married.' That doesn’t mean that I’ve got to get married to homosexuals, it doesn’t mean that you have to nor does it mean that it’s the law of the land," Robertson said. "Congress didn’t pass any law. Your state legislature didn’t pass a law. So you’re not under anything."
He continued, "It’s a decision of the court having to do with a couple of people. Now, they would like to make it bigger than that but, in terms of the constitution, it isn’t."
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