Members of Douglass Boulevard Christian Church in Louisville, KY, unanimously voted to stop signing marriage licenses for heterosexual couples until same-sex couples are afforded equal marriage rights. In 2008, the church designated itself as an Open and Affirming Community of Faith, which means that it commits to full acceptance of all people, regardless of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation. They have stated that they will continue to perform religious wedding ceremonies but will no longer sign official licenses.
Rev. Ryan Kemp-Pappan said the following regarding the church’s beliefs, “Our congregation believes it is unfair to provide different services and benefits to heterosexual couples than we can provide to gay and lesbian couples.”
While the church’s senior minister, Rev. Derek Penwell, had this to say, “The church, over the course of time, has come to a fuller understanding on a variety of issues that even just a few years before would have seemed inconceivable. [Churches] made the same arguments about interracial marriage or about precluding women in church leadership, based on certain areas of scripture. The interpretation of those scriptures made sense at the time and in a certain context, but in a modern American context, don’t make the same sense. It’s not like we’re going to the Bible and saying, ‘We don’t like it, we’re going to ignore it.’ At some point, we’re going to look back on this and wonder why it was that big of a deal.” (Holy smokes, that is so incredibly logical that my mind is melting just from thinking about it)
I mean, consider this, according to the article, in 2004, Kentucky voters overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the state’s constitution banning same-sex marriages, with organizing and advertising help from the state’s three largest religious organizations: the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the Catholic Conference of Kentucky, and Southeast Christian Church, the state’s largest congregation. The discriminatory referendum received 74 percent of the statewide vote. And here’s a church in the very same state going in the opposite direction.
This church may be small but with any luck this action will convince other congregation to change their tune and with time, is it possible, that Kentucky could be the first state to actually allow same-sex marriage.