Kentucky Church Won't Sign Marriage Licenses

This hopeful news comes from a church that will not sign marriage licenses anymore — at least not until gay and lesbian couple are afforded the same right to marry:

Louisville, Kentucky- On Sunday, April 17, the congregation of Douglass Boulevard Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) unanimously voted to end the practice of signing marriage licenses because they give legal benefits to heterosexual couples that are not available to homosexual couples. Until the church’s ministers may confer identical legal benefits on homosexual and heterosexual couples, they will perform only religious wedding ceremonies.

“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.


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  • Jay

    Let civil contracts be the responsibly of the government. It is time for the church “leaders” to stop their ancient role as “spiritual” power brokers, granting rights to or withholding rights from others concerning matters that are none of their business.

  • Gary Bryson

    Woe unto them who call evil good, and good evil; Isaiah 5: 20

    That’s what this so-called “church” is doing. It calls the evil of homosexuality good, and calls the opposition to the evil of homosexuality evil. God says woe unto them.

  • I am glad there are denominations like the DOC and UCC who allow congregations to take this stand. And I am glad that Douglass Boulevard Christian Church isn’t the first or last congregation who has decided to take this brave step. But gladness cannot fill the universe until ALL couples are granted the right to get married. Hopefully the churches that are taking this stand will sow seeds that grow into fruits of equality.

  • Jay

    I am not exactly sure where anybody is getting this idea of “holy matrimony” ordained by the gods. People choose to make unions, some sexual some non-sexual. If some of these sexual unions are the stuff that Jesus said ” what God joins” then I guess that means God blesses some stuff according to our free will. I am not sure when and how that all works. Of course in the Old Testament he made them put away their foreign wives, so it seems a bit difficult here to determine what is “ordained” by God and what is not. But I guess you all seem to know that what we think is good must be good for God, so let’s continue to create God in our own image.

  • Jeremy

    should the state be regulating marriage anyways? this debate has always been disturbing to me because it seems to me the wrong debate to be having. I think we would all get along better if we just stripped away all benefits from legal marriages and make it entirely a religious/civil act. Does anyone agree or am I the only one?

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