Righteous Church Refuses to Marry Couples for the Best Reason

churchGreen Street United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina is one interesting congregation. They've decided that they're not going to perform any more weddings. It's not that the don't like the bouquets, the crying flower girl, and the demanding mothers of the brides, it's just that they don't like the law that prohibits some people from getting married, so they've taken a vow -- no weddings for straight couples until gay and lesbian couples are legally allowed to wed, too.

In May of last year, North Carolinians voted to keep the ban on same sex marriage -- Green Street Church is certainly going against the grain here.

They're promoting acceptance, love, brotherhood, sisterhood, togetherness and unity, regardless of sexual preference. They don't care what's popular, they don't care what others will say, all they seem to care about is making a statement that will draw attention to a cause they believe in. All for one and one for all.

Revereand Kelly Carpenter said there are over 15 same-sex couples in his congregation and I'm sure it must be wonderful for them to hear that their church is not only standing up for them, but standing behind them, as well, especially in an era where religion seems to be getting in the way more often than it leads the way.

Since the general United Methodist church doesn't condone homosexuality or gay marriage, Green Street has decided to live by their own rules, and it just might be time for the rest of North Carolina to catch up.

What do you think of this church's decision?


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Lovin... LovinJerseyMama

Good for them! I think it's a great decision :) 

nonmember avatar Meg

I guess I disagree. Not sure what is the point of punishing straight couples who might not have had anything to do with the vote in North Carolina.

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

Good for them, they're well within their right. Also, that building is absolutely beautiful!

nonmember avatar Beth

I think they are compromising their "beliefs." I am curious as to what those beliefs actually are though. You can care for a person and reach out to them with the love of Christ, but that doesn't mean you accept a lifestyle that is against God's design and purpose as being ok. The Church is supposed to be set apart from the world. The separating line is quickly fading. I'm disappointed.

vball... vbally101

Great!! It amazes me that gay American citizens don't have the same rights as straight American citizens or even straight immigrants. It's time for a change. Little by little!

twili... twilightsbella

I disagree with that churchs choice cuz in the bible god does not accept two people of the same sex to be a couple. God made marriage for a man and woman only. The church can accept the gay community as people but not accept their choices. Churches are starting to go against gods word *smh*

nonmember avatar Jeni

Thing is, marriage is not just a religious thing. It is a legal binding of two people. Married couples have rights granted by law that have no basis in religion. Marriage can be performed by a justice of the peace, or some schmuck that spent 30 minutes online to get ordained. My point being, marriage is a legal covenant, and as such should be available to all.

LostS... LostSoul88

I love reading this but people are right, it's only punishing straight couples adnd hurting the church. I'm sure the church takes a deposit for each wedding they have so not having that money may hurt the church.

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