On the issues of marriage and sexuality, Texas Baptists have spoken with a clear and decisive voice through the decades.
In short, Texas Baptists, meeting in annual conventions, have affirmed that sexual relationships honor God only when they occur within marriage between one man and one woman.
Most recently, in 2016, messengers approved a motion dealing with the issue. It noted the following:
The 2016 motion implemented in a practical manner (dealing with cooperation) what Texas Baptists have been saying through resolutions over the past few decades. These resolutions consistently affirmed the Texas Baptist position.
A simple resolution in 2004 noted the following:
Other resolutions have dealt with varied issues around human sexuality. A resolution first adopted in 1992 and affirmed in detail in 2005 has provided a consistent benchmark on these issues. The 1992 and 2005 resolutions state, in full:
In 2009, these earlier resolutions and another was reaffirmed again. The 2009 resolution states:
These resolutions reflect the consistent view of Texas Baptists, expressed as they have met together over the decades. These views have not be altered.
While Baptists often disagree on specific issues, these resolutions reflect the view of a large majority of Texas Baptists gathering through the years.
These resolutions do not go into the details about the biblical testimony which supports these views. More detailed understanding on these issues has been compiled by the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission to help churches deal with the issue of same-sex marriage. This information may be accessed here. The details expressed on the CLC website are consistent with Texas Baptist resolutions but have not been approved by messengers. That information reflects the work of the CLC, which is assigned the role of helping Texas Baptists think more deeply and biblically about personal and social ethical issues.