Skip to comments.Church Won’t Do Weddings For Straight Couples Until Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal [NC Methodist Church]
Posted on 03/19/2013 4:55:19 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
- A local church has elected to stop performing marriage ceremonies for straight couples until same-sex marriage is legalized.
In a statement posted on the front page of their website, officials at the Green Street United Methodist Church said that they ask other churches to join in the movement to refuse to sign any State marriage licenses until this right is granted to same- sex couples.
The statement added, Because the United Methodist Church prohibits its pastors from conducting same-sex weddings, excluding gay and lesbian couples from the holy sacrament of marriage, the Leadership Council has asked the pastor to refrain from conducting wedding ceremonies in our sanctuary for straight couples, until the denomination lifts its ban for same-sex couples.
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When my church does gay weddings I am gone.
Suicide! Where do they think they are going to get the children to populate their Sunday School?
If I was a member of that church and refused to do me wedding over that, I’d be SMOKIN pissed.
Any church that does not take a firm stand against homosexual unions should be avoided.
No surprise for liberal Charlotte.
Here in South Carolina, `NC’ stands for “Northern Commieland”. I offer Charlotte, Asheville, Chapel Hill, & rest my case.
Isn’t that basically telling G-d to **** off?
Why don’t churches like that just merge with the Universalist Unitarians and get it over with?
This shepherd has lost his flock and his soul. Damnation awaits those that mock GOD.
This simple and feckless generation is more worried about gay marriage than deficits, budgets and wars. No wonder they elected an impotent President twice.
Actually, this church is protesting against the denomination’s stand on same-sex marriage.
Only that particular local Methodist Church. The Methodist church follows their book of discipline and bans gay marriage.
The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church
Page 102 reads as follows:
B) MarriageWe affirm the sanctity of the marriage covenant that is expressed in love, mutual support, personal commitment, and shared fidelity between a man and a woman. We believe that Gods blessing rests upon such marriage, whether or not there are children of the union. We reject social norms that assume different standards for women than for men in marriage. We support laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
The church is in Winston-Salem
When you see these things come to pass, look up, for your redemption is nigh...
The previous link was the first one I found. But it is from the 2008 edition. The 2012 edition (latest) reconfirms that same point and can be found here at the United Methodists web site.
God does the excluding. He also excludes goats, pigs, and rocks from the Holy sacrament of marriage. Don't these people care about the feelings of animals and inanimate objects?
I have never understood all this hubbub about gay marriage being illegal when it relates to anything but gaining mainstream status and getting government related benefits that are tied to filing taxes jointly.
The argument is made in an emotional manner about how they love each other just as straight couples do, they want to make the commitment as straight couples do, blah, blah, blah, ad nauseum.
So what?!!! If two people want to make that commitment then they can make it whether it is legally recognized or not. They can go to a lawyer and draw up a binding contract just like a marriage - they can even have a ceremony just about anywhere they like, they can live together either happily or in misery just like anyone else.
This is about forcing their views on everyone else, it’s about insisting everyone else be outwardly tolerant of their views while not reciprocating.
Why does almost no one make this argument in the face of all the nonsense arguments that gays make?!!!
The driving force is the collection plate. Will the action increase or decrease collections? That is the only question that matters to the minister
When the principle contributors cannot get their children or grandchildren married in their church, they will vote with more than their dollars, they will vote with their feet and not return.
Not all of them. There must be a significant portion that agree with that standing or it would not have gotten this far. But I suspect they will find it an unsustainable position.