• Statement on Supreme Court Decision

    Announced by Jacquie Biloff on Jun 26 2015

    Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, June 26, released its decision legalizing same-sex marriage across the United States.
    Even with the Supreme Court’s decision, the Seventh-day Adventist Church maintains its fundamental belief that marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman.
    While the church respects the opinions of those who may differ, it will continue to teach and promote its biblically based belief of marriage between a man and a woman.
    The Seventh-day Adventist Church believes that all people, regardless of race, gender, and sexual orientation are God’s children and should be treated with civility, compassion, and Christ-like love.

    More information on the Adventist Church’s belief on marriage can be found at

  • Dakota Conference Statement on Supreme Court's Ruling

    Announced by Jacquie Biloff on Jun 26 2015

    The Dakota Conference President's Statement on the Supreme Court's Ruling Regarding Same Sex Unions

    The Dakota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is saddened by the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex unions across all 50 states with no stated religious accommodations. The church’s stand is that marriage is between one man and one woman, consistent with the Genesis story in the Bible.  It is not fully clear at this time how the church will be affected, but we do know that the dictates of our conscience now places us in opposition to the laws of the land.

    Over the years the Seventh-day Adventist Church has fought for separation of church and state. That separation will now be tested as never before. The recent interpretation of the constitution leaves the church uncertain as to whether there will be any religious accommodation in this matter. Breaking Federal law has huge consequences.

    May we all continue to seek God’s wisdom and direction in the days ahead. 

    Neil Biloff
    Conference President