"President Bush did not merely attend the wedding. He also served as an official witness, signing the legal documents for the ceremony and the Maine wedding license. Under a photograph with the former president the couple added the words, 'Getting our marriage license witnessed!' The news coverage of the Bushes’ attendance at the same-sex wedding points to a reality that must be understood—and fast. Attendance at a wedding is not a neutral act. The history and context of the wedding ceremony identify all those present as agreeing to the rightness of the marriage and acting as witnesses to the exchange of vows. This is why the venerable language of The Book of Common Prayer
, used in the overwhelming majority of Christian weddings, calls upon anyone with knowledge that the proposed union is invalid to speak, 'or forever hold his peace.'
"Anyone remaining silent at that point is affirming the rightness and validity of the marriage, and all who are present are counted as both witnesses and those who celebrate the union. But, this is not just about the Bushes. The same predicament remains,
even if we are not the former leader of the free world. To be present
at a wedding is to affirm that it is right, whether you sign a legal
document or not. No one said this was going to be easy, and this is hardly the end of
the predicaments and perplexities that will challenge Christians who
stand on biblical teaching in the days ahead. This is one question,
however, that Christians had better think through fast. A wedding
invitation might soon be headed your way." - Albert Mohler
, president of the Southern Baptists Theological Seminary.
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