With the possibility courts or lawmakers nationwide might try to redefine “marriage” to mean something other than the union of one man to one woman, one attorney is advising churches to go ahead and define marriage in their bylaws to avoid litigation that might result from future court decisions.

Bylaw language defining marriage in the biblical sense doesn’t mean a church won’t face a suit or a complaint, but it does mean the church would be in a much better situation legally, said Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for ADF.

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