Raleigh Baptist church holds out for gay marriage in North Carolina

A few years back we went on a cross country road trip to promote our first book, The Big Bang. We knew that we’d find dirty minds (i.e. eager book buyers) in places like San Francisco and Portland, but we couldn’t believe how kinky things got in Raleigh, NC! One guy asked us to spank him with his copy of our book after signing it, and someone else asked us to inscribe a book to their partner who was “tied up” at home (quite literally, it turned out). Later, at the bar (and this was a chic cheese and wine spot, mind you) someone grabbed his partner’s boob right in front of us, and a long time reader gifted us with one of his company’s gorgeous glass dildoes. All of us which is to say, we were thrilled but not entirely shocked to read recently that a Baptist church in Raleigh just announced that they will not perform any legal wedding ceremonies until North Carolina accepts same-sex marriage.

The congregation of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church voted unanimously to prohibit the church’s pastor from signing state marriage certificates for anyone until she can legally marry same-sex couples in North Carolina. The church’s statement said, ”As people of faith, affirming the Christian teaching that before God all people are equal, we will no longer participate in this discrimination.” What Would Jesus Do? In this church, turns out, he’d be reasonable, kind and open-minded. Who knew?

Unfortunately the same can’t be said of the Southern Baptist Convention, which kicked Pullen church out in 1992 after they started blessing gay marriages (the pastor is a lesbian). The church is still part of the American Baptist Churches USA denomination.


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