DALLAS, Texas — Like President-elect Donald Trump, a prominent Baptist minister in Texas who backed Trump’s campaign efforts says that despite his opposition, same-sex “marriage” is “settled law,” and Christians should move on to another issue, such as abortion.
Robert Jeffress, who leads First Baptist Church in Dallas, spoke last week with Good Morning Texas, which noted that Jeffress’ longstanding fight against the issue is now “water under the bridge.”
“This is not going to be re-litigated by the Supreme Court. That is the law of the land. I wish it were different, but it’s not different,” he said emphatically.
Jeffress outlined that he told Christians and others not to urge Trump to make the sanctity of marriage a part of his campaign.
“And actually I had to argue against some hard-right Catholics and evangelicals who wanted Mr. Trump to make that a campaign issue,'” he explained. “I said, ‘Guys, forget it. It’s over.'”
“We need to go on to other things, like protecting the unborn,” Jeffress said.
As previously reported, last month, Trump told CBS’ “60 Minutes” that he believes the issue of same-sex “marriage” has been “settled” by the U.S. Supreme Court and that he is “fine with that.”
“Do you support marriage equality?” interviewer Leslie Stahl inquired.
“It’s irrelevant because it was already settled,” Trump replied. “It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean, it’s done.”
“So even if you appoint a judge that—,” Stahl interjected, alluding to the possibility of overturning Obergefell.
“It’s done,” Trump stated. “These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And I’m fine with that.”
While Trump believes that same-sex nuptials are settled with the U.S. Supreme Court, he is conversely open to appointing justices that would overturn Roe v. Wade.
“[I]f it (Roe v. Wade) ever were overturned, it would go back to the states,” he said.
“Yeah, but then some women won’t be able to get an abortion?” Stahl asked.
“No, it’ll go back to the states,” Trump replied.
He said that if abortion then becomes illegal in one state, that “they’ll perhaps have to go to another state.”
“And that’s okay?” Stahl asked.
“Well, we’ll see what happens,” Trump stated. “It’s got a long way to go, just so you understand. That has a long, long way to go.”
During last week’s interview with Good Morning Texas, Jeffress was also questioned about past statements decrying Roman Catholicism, but said, “Look, I believe there are going to be millions of Catholics in heaven because they have trusted in Christ as their savior.”
He did, however, advise in regard to Islam that Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
“Any false religion ultimately is a deception of Satan to try to keep people from the only way to Heaven, which is by faith in Jesus Christ,” Jeffress stated.