N.C. church says no marriage for you until marriage equality is achieved

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November 21, 2011 | 3:07 pm

LGBT Coloradans are pretty lucky in the ally department. We have two Senators who would pretty much do anything for us. A pro-gay governor, even if he won’t always use his political capital for the sake of being a centrist. Among other staunch supporters from politicos to PFLAG moms and dads.

But this group of allies — in North Carolina of all places — takes the cake.

From the Associated Press:

A Raleigh church won’t hold any marriages until state law allows same-sex couples to wed.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported today that the congregation of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church voted to prohibit their pastor from legally marrying anyone until she can legally marry same-sex couples.

Marriage ceremonies at the Raleigh church will continue to be conducted, but the pastor won’t sign a certificate the state requires to establish a legal marriage.

No one spoke out against the marriage statement Sunday in a gathering that filled a meeting hall with mostly gray-haired churchgoers.

The church near the N.C. State campus was kicked out of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1992 after a decision to bless gay marriages. Pastor Nancy Petty is a lesbian.

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