Prayer event highlights gay marriage concerns

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 7, 2015 at 4:41 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Fears that the Supreme Court will establish same-sex marriage nationwide have loomed over the National Day of Prayer observance in Washington.

In one of many prayers at the four-hour gathering on Capitol Hill, Korean American Pastor Paul Han prayed that the justices will allow states to ban gay marriage.

Evangelical broadcaster Dr. James Dobson said if the court doesn't, it will be "the death knell of religious liberty in America." He said churches might lose their tax exempt status if biblical standards of marriage are still taught from pulpits or in Sunday school.

Two Republican presidential candidates, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Dr. Ben Carson, were among hundreds attending Thursday's observance.

Carson spoke of the power of prayer in his life, and Senate Chaplain Barry Black said prayer should be as constant and natural as breathing.

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226-w-31-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with the Rev. Paul Han, Korean American pastor, and Dr. James Dobson, evangelical leader)--Fears that the Supreme Court will establish same-sex marriage nationwide have loomed over National Day of Prayer observance in Washington. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (7 May 2015)

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227-a-15-(Dr. James Dobson, evangelical broadcaster and author, at the Capitol Hill National Day of Prayer observance)-"tax exempt status"-Evangelical broadcaster Dr. James Dobson says a Supreme Court ruling establishing gay marriage nationwide would destroy religious liberty. (7 May 2015)

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228-a-10-(The Reverend Paul Han, Korean American pastor, at the Capitol Hill National Day of Prayer observance)-"of granting it"-Korean American Pastor Paul Han prays that the Supreme Court will let states prohibit same-sex marriage. (7 May 2015)

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229-a-14-(Glenn Sheppard, president of International Prayer Ministries, at the Capitol Hill National Day of Prayer observance)-"God, we're sorry"-Glenn Sheppard, president of International Prayer Ministries, asks God to forgive America. (7 May 2015)

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230-a-12-(Father Edward Hathaway, pastor of St. Veronica Catholic Church in Chantilly, Virginia, at the Capitol Hill National Day of Prayer observance)-"your divine plan"-Father Edward Hathaway, pastor of St. Veronica Catholic Church in Chantilly, Virginia, asks God to strengthen traditional marriages. (7 May 2015)

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231-r-33-(The Legacy Quartet singing "In God We Still Trust", at the Capitol Hill National Day of Prayer observance)--Sound of The Legacy Quartet singing "In God We Still Trust" at the Capitol Hill National Day of Prayer observance. (7 May 2015)

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