Never at a loss for words, Marietta Rev. Bryant Wright has dumped on gay Boy Scouts and denounced gays while admonishing Georgia lawmakers. So when the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, this Southern Baptist preacher was ready.
He put aside his niceties – if you can call comparing LGBT people to alcoholics nice – and reacted to the gay marriage ruling with a simple yet cutting response: It's evil.
At Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in East Cobb, Pastor Bryant Wright criticized the court ruling as making “what God says is evil” the law of the land.
Speaking to several hundred parishioners, Wright said the decision reflects the decline of the country’s morals that began in the 1960s with the sexual revolution. In turn, he said believes the court’s decision opens the legal door to future marriages of all kinds between consenting adults, including polygamy, bigamy and even incestuous unions.
A sign outside the church announced his theme of the day: “What Redefining Marriage Means for the Future.”
When a message on Christian marriage was flashed on a screen in the front of the sanctuary, it was accompanied by the figures of a man and woman commonly seen atop a wedding cake.
After the service, church members said they felt encouraged by the sermon, with some saying they felt Christian values were under siege.
In the days leading up to the Supreme Court marriage, Wright whined that anti-gay religious conservatives like him were the real victims in all of this. That came after he turned a devotional before the state House into an anti-gay rant comparing homosexuality to “erotic liberty,” earning a rebuke from an openly gay lawmaker. And that was after he compared gays to alcoholics and suggested gay Scouts could have it worse then not being welcome in his church – they could be stoned.