The short answer: almost certainly not, at least for now. While churches are slightly more vulnerable than pastors in some areas, both have significant protection under the First Amendment and other provisions of law from being forced to perform same-sex marriages. Even following the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges ,  in which the Court held that states must issue licenses for same-sex marriages and recognize such licenses issued by other states, there is no significant risk that pastors and churches can be compelled by a court to solemnize, host, or perform a same-sex marriage ceremony.
Gay marriage vote could hit Methodist links with Church of England
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In the following address Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois shows himself to be another articulate and courageous bishop in his defence of marriage. A Google search on the Internet for the name "Matthew Shepard" at one time produced 11,, results. Matthew Shepard was a year old college student who was savagely beaten to death in in Wyoming. His murder has been called a hate crime because Shepard was gay. A similar search on the Internet for the name "Mary Stachowicz" yielded 26, results. Mary, the gentle, devout year-old Catholic mother of four urged her co-worker, Nicholas Gutierrez, 19, to change his gay lifestyle. Infuriated by this, as he later told police, he allegedly beat, stabbed and strangled her to death and then stuffed her mangled body in a crawl space in his apartment, located above a Chicago funeral home, where they both worked.
Same-sex couples' church weddings 'reluctance'
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The first same-sex wedding in an Anglican church in the UK has gone ahead despite the threat of punitive sanctions against the church body that gave the ceremony the go-ahead. In June, members of the Scottish Episcopal Church general synod voted overwhelmingly to allow its churches to hold same-sex ceremonies. The move is expected to be censured by the overarching Anglican Communion, which may exclude the Scottish Episcopal Church from future decision-making activities.