Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd promised the group's annual convention on June 16 in Columbus, Ohio, that he would not officiate gay marriages regardless of a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Floyd, a pastor at the Pinnacle Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas, where reality TV's Duggar family attends services, urged SBC members to approve a resolution against same-sex marriage.
"While we affirm our love for all people, including those struggling with same-sex attractions, we cannot and will not affirm any behavior that deviates from God's design for marriage. Our first commitment is to God and nothing else and no one else. I humbly remind everyone today the Supreme Court of the United States is not the final authority, nor is the culture itself, but the Bible is God's final authority about marriage and on this book we stand."
According to Fox News, Floyd also quoted Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor who was part of a failed plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, as part of his stand against gay marriage: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
“This is a Bonhoeffer moment for every pastor in the United States,” Floyd added.
In 2014, a new biography about Bonhoeffer strongly suggested he was gay or was attracted to another man, noted the Religion News Service.
Floyd also promised not to officiate any gay marriages.
"I declare to everyone today as a minister of the Gospel, I will not officiate over any same-sex unions or same-sex marriage ceremonies, I completely refuse," Floyd added.
It's highly unlikely the U.S. Supreme Court will compel religious leaders to officiate gay marriages, which would be protected under the First Amendment.
According to RawStory.com, Floyd preached against Caitlyn Jenner's transgender transition and Jenner's supporters earlier this month (video below).