Baptist church in Kentucky plans first gay wedding

David Bannister Jr., 29, and Steven Carr, 25, are to be married next May at Highland Baptist Church, which will break with most churches in its denomination by performing its first gay marriage ceremony.

“It takes courage to step out into the unknown,” said Pastor Joe Phelps, who was approached by Bannister and Carr about the ceremony 2 1/2 years ago. “It’s taking us courage to be one of the first churches to do this.”

As state law stands, the marriage will not be recognized by the state of Kentucky, which is appealing court rulings overturning its ban on gay marriage and requiring it to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

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  1. “The following year, a gay couple’s photograph appeared in the church directory, and slowly the church began to openly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members and dedicate their children, he said.
    In 2012, it ordained an openly gay minister, the Rev. Maurice ‘Bojangles’ Blanchard, who leads a gay ministry at the church.”

    In the almost 19 years that I have been a Christian, I have been a member of several Baptist churches. Those churches were very conservative and preached against homosexuality. And the leaders in those churches wouldn’t have married a same-sex couple. Today I don’t belong to any church. I worship at home.

    This article is very disturbing. This nation is going downhill very rapidly.

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