Kentucky Church Stops Signing Marriage Licenses Until Gays Can Wed
Douglass Boulevard Christian Church has us feeling all warm and fuzzy inside today amid news that the church voted unanimously this past Sunday to no longer grant marriage licenses to heterosexual couples since they are not legally available to homosexual couples in equally committed relationships who are hoping to wed before God.
Taking a stand against marriage discrimination, the church voted to continue performing religious marriage ceremonies to straight couples, but without the legal component that gay couples are legally prevented access to.
Douglass Boulevard Christian Church’s blog has the story:
“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.
Senior minister Rev. Derek Penwell added, “Heterosexual couples enjoy a number of benefits that result from having state-sanctioned union. They may inherit property, adopt children together, visit one another in the hospital, and save thousands each year in taxes by filing as a couple. Ministers, as agents of the state, have the power to confer these benefits-and the imprimatur of normalcy-on heterosexual couples, but we do not have the honor to bestow these benefits on gay and lesbian couples.”
“In our attempt to live out God’s call to pursue justice for all, the Elders of the congregation joined the Pastors in witnessing to the right for gay and lesbian persons to God’s blessing on their union and witnessing to the Commonwealth toward ending the refusal to recognize these unions,” said Rev. Chuck Lewis, Chair of Elders with the church.
Douglass Boulevard Christian Church, founded in 1846, has historically been committed to the pursuit of justice for all people, offering leadership in trying to live out the message of love and hospitality embodied by Jesus. In 2008, Douglass Boulevard Christian Church voted to become an Open and Affirming Community of Faith.
Testify! Amen! Hallelujah! Praise the Gaylord! Jesus walks! Preach it, girl! What Would Unicorn Booty Do! And so on…
We’re incredibly proud of the leadership and parishioners at Douglass Boulevard Christian Church. While we may not be in Kentucky, we’re feeling your love and support across the country today. A sincere THANK YOU for standing up for equality.
How amazing is this church!?