A United Methodist Church in North Carolina is taking a dramatic stand on the issue of marriage equality by announcing the immediate cessationof all its marriage-related services until the right to marry is granted to all couples, including ones of the same sex.

 “North Carolina prohibits same sex marriage and all the rights and privileges marriage brings,” the Green Street United Methodist Church said in a statement released through Equality NC.

“The Leadership Council has asked that their ministers join others who refuse to sign any State marriage licenses until this right is granted to same sex couples.”

The Council’s request that its senior pastor, Kelly Carpenter, “refrain from conducting wedding ceremonies” for straight couples is unlikely to be met with resistance, as the pastor told WXII News he believes all congregants should be allowed to “share a sense of the love that they have found.”

 In lieu of marriages, the church plans to hold “relationship blessings” until such time as the right to marry is recognized by both the denomination and the state. (Read the rest here.)