Churches Face The Reality Of Same Sex Marriage Law

06.28.11 | Sarah Harnisch

Churches and other religious groups in New York are facing new obstacles when it comes to gay marriage. So what will happen now? "Ministries up there have to edit what they're with regard to homosexuality or they will face fines," says Pastor Gary Ingraham with the Union Center Christian Church near Binghamton. Ingraham is a former homosexual who now counsels ex-gays to leave the lifestyle.

He also marriage equality will not be enough for gay couples. He knows-- because he was there. He says the bill "doesn't change God's laws at all, and so people are going to find that they're still dissatisfied, they're still not feeling as though their life choices are legitimate because they're not... Now what's wrong? There are still some Chrisitans who are  preaching 'hate speech' even when they're being very loving about it. I think this is opening the door to persecution in the church."

It is estimated that more than 20,000 same-sex couples will get married in New York over the next three years.