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Kentucky church changes marriage policy in support gay congregation

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Douglass Boulevard Christian Church in Louisville, Ky., on Sunday, unanimously voted to stop signing marriage licenses because they are only legally permitted to do so for heterosexual couples.

The church said it plans to continue offering religious marriage ceremonies for both gay and straight couples, but the latter will need to get a separate ceremony through a justice of the peace in order to get legal recognition.

“As an Open and Affirming Community of Faith (a designation signifying DBCC’s commitment to full acceptance of all people, regardless of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation), our membership is committed to treating homosexuals and heterosexuals equally.

“Our congregation believes it is unfair to provide different services and benefits to heterosexual couples than we can provide to gay and lesbian couples,” said associate minister Rev. Ryan Kemp-Pappan.

In 2004, Kentucky voters passed an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage.

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20 more reader comments:

  1. I’ve suddenly became proud to be a Kentuckian.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:06pm
  2. I’ve suddenly became proud to be a Kentuckian.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:06pm
  3. That’s awesome

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:09pm
  4. That’s awesome

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:09pm
  5. Wow. One of the least likely states.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:10pm
  6. Wow, maybe my neighbors to the south aren’t as bad as I thought! (Ohio, pick up the pace! Get rid of Kasich!!)

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:10pm
  7. Wow, maybe my neighbors to the south aren’t as bad as I thought! (Ohio, pick up the pace! Get rid of Kasich!!)

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:10pm
  8. Thank you Kentucky! Patron state where EVERYONE is related!

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:11pm
  9. don’t you know when you say things like that you are no better then them? don’t generalize and stop being hypocrits.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:17pm
  10. don’t you know when you say things like that you are no better then them? don’t generalize and stop being hypocrits.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:17pm
  11. So sweet of them! :D

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:22pm
  12. I’m glad someone has done something in this state for once.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:24pm
  13. I’m glad someone has done something in this state for once.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:24pm
  14. Now, that is a church that I could attend. Too bad it’s all the way in Kentucky.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:26pm
  15. Now, that is a church that I could attend. Too bad it’s all the way in Kentucky.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:26pm
  16. Wait…that looks like it says there not signing them for gay couples..but the header makes it seem like they are…confused >_<

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:28pm
  17. Wait…that looks like it says there not signing them for gay couples..but the header makes it seem like they are…confused >_<

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:28pm
  18. Religion 1 state 0

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:34pm
  19. There is a movement like this and I support it. its all over the country and needs to be spread far and wide.

    the church is simply saying that it will not be the legal witness for any marriages, gay or str8 until gays can legally marry. It will do religious ceremonies consistent with its faith for both groups.

    Congratulations. I thought that southern christians were stiol fighting the civil war and had just added gays to their hate list.

    I’m sure its going to be a long time before the KY churches mostly support gay people as part of God’s wondrous creation, but this is inspiring and gives me hope for my gaya friends that America will cease being AmeriKKKa and join almost all of western Europe, a good chunk of South America,a nd about a dozen other countries in granting gay people legal (and yes even religious) marriage.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 2:12pm
  20. help a fellow bisexual vote Katheline for prom queen plz http://923now.radio.com/bamboozle-royalty/pick-the-bamboozle-prom-queen/

    Posted on Friday, April 22, 2011 at 9:06pm