In keeping with our statement of faith, we believe marriage is a holy institution established by God as the exclusive, covenantal union of one man and one woman. Genesis 2:24 states, “for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” Jesus Christ affirmed this in Matthew 19:4-6: “And he answered and said, “Have you not read that He Who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” We faithfully follow, speaking and following the truth in love, this scriptural definition of marriage in the teachings and practices of this ministry; and therefore only marriages that fit the definition above may be conducted on the property or officiated by the members, staff or directors of Acadian Baptist Center. Furthermore, we regard any restrictions and definitions we apply to our ministry concerning marriage to be an expression of the free exercise clause of the first amendment to the United States constitution.