Based on Romans 13:1-2, if marriages between same sex partners are legal (in the state / country), would the church perform the rites/ritual? Furthermore, on what grounds could they NOT perform the ritual?
Romans 13:1-2 (KJV)
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
(for further clarification, a different translation)
Romans 13:1-2 (NIV)
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
There appears to be some who are misreading the question. Please follow this example:
If a person, who is Catholic (baptized at birth, attends church regularly, etc) either becomes homosexual or embraces their suppressed sexual identity, decides to become married. The couple would like to be married in the church where they grew up, which happens to be in a state where these marriages are legal. On what grounds would the church deny performing the ritual - while keeping in mind Romans 13:1-2?
cou·ple noun 1. two individuals of the same sort considered together.
Please note that I'm not asserting that the church should. I am indifferent to the issue as a heterosexual, non-Catholic, non-orthodox Christian. I am asking on what grounds could they say, "no".