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BGAV’s Response to the Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

Executive Director Dr. John V. Upton, Jr. released the statement below:

The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) honors the autonomy of the local church and of the individual believer. Each congregation and believer will have their own statements to make in response to the decision of the Supreme Court regarding same-sex marriage released earlier today. The BGAV has, in annual sessions, challenged every congregation to be caring and respectful to all persons while affirming its commitment to the biblical view of marriage as between one man and one woman.

The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) is a cooperative missions and ministry organization that consists of over 1,400 autonomous churches in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as churches from Seoul, South Korea, Toronto, Ontario, the District of Columbia, and the states of California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.​



  1. I dont know where you get the idea that the “Biblical view” of marriage is “one man, one woman.” Solomon had 700 wives. Abraham and Jacob had children by multiple women. The evangelical Christian idea of “biblical view” is something they originated to serve themselves.

    • Abraham also had slaves, so I guess that’s OK too. No, of course it’s not! Neither was it God’s plan for Solomon to “love many women.” The Biblical view is what God says, not how man responds. Go to the beginning and you will hear God say “Be fruitful and multiply,” and He said it to a man and his wife. Still, we must always remember that Jesus came to “save sinners,” and I’m not so sure that the apostle Paul was “the chief!”