Fifty percent of churchgoers in America will stop attending church within five years if the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage, conservative commentator Glenn Beck predicted.
“If gay marriage goes through the Supreme Court and gay marriage becomes fine and they can put teeth in it — so now they can go after the churches — 50 percent of our churches will fall away, meaning the congregations,” Beck said Thursday on his radio show. His comments were reported by The Blaze.
“Within five years, the congregations, 50 percent of the congregants will fall away from their church because they won’t be able to take the persecution,” Beck said.
The nine-member court heard arguments Tuesday on whether to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Same-sex couples now can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has indicated her support for same-sex marriage, and both she and Justice Elena Kagan have officiated gay marriages. Justice Anthony Kennedy is expected to be the swing vote in the court’s ruling, which is expected later next month.