That issue caused a two-day suspension of traditional weddings at one of the Bay Area's largest congregations, the 12,000-member Jubilee Christian Center in San Jose.
As much as the Supreme Court decision changed the world for same-sex couples, the high court ruling hasn't changed the beliefs of conservative Christians who will refuse to marry them.
Pastor Dick Bernal has been the leader of Jubilee Christian Center for 35 years. He says he has gays and lesbians among the 6 or 7,000 people who attend services each Sunday.
If a same-sex couple asked to be married, his answer will be no based on his religious beliefs.
"I am not a religious bigot, I've been called worse. I'm a Bible believing person and I would hope people would respect, 'Dick Bernal believes the Bible and I'm not going to violate his beliefs,'" Bernal said.
The high court even said in its same-sex decision that churches have the right to follow their beliefs. Santa Clara University constitutional law Professor Gulasekaram says the law is clear.
"It is perfectly fine for people to espouse whatever they want about same-sex marriage, about sexual orientation, those views are protected. Individual actions like, for example, a clergy person actually having to perform a certain type of marriage, that would also be protected," Gulasekaram said.
One congregant said, "Churches should have the right to do what they want to do outside the bounds of the government."
However, some denominations have split on same-sex unions and on gay clergy, making choices far from universal. Still, Bernal says he welcomes everyone.
"Any person that's watching right now that's gay, they're welcome to this church. Everybody's welcome to this church," Bernal said. While he refuses to marry same-sex couples, he added, "But I will tell them a good place to get married."
Back on ABC news this evening on Gay Marriage. Let's see how it goes. Stuck to my guns. Not changing !— Dick Bernal (@pastorbernal) June 30, 2015
ABC News asked me if I would ever perform a Gay Marriage ? Unlike our President and Mrs Clinton.... I don't flip flop ! I smiled and said no— Dick Bernal (@pastorbernal) June 27, 2015
The Rainbow was a sign of a Covenant between God and Noah... Been reduced to a tie dye shirt and a rallying logo for the Gay community— Dick Bernal (@pastorbernal) June 26, 2015
What is shocking is Church people who approve of Gay Marriage and vote for a politician who is pro abortion pro gay marriage. Mind boggling!— Dick Bernal (@pastorbernal) June 26, 2015
America is not a Christian Nation. She is a secular democratic Nation with us Christians living in her ! God help us... Time for a Revival !— Dick Bernal (@pastorbernal) June 26, 2015
Supreme Court ruling on Gay Marriage ! Thank God for separation of Church and State and our secular Worldly Nation— Dick Bernal (@pastorbernal) June 26, 2015
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