This past Sunday, Douglass Boulevard Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) unanimously voted to stop issuing marriage licenses – to EVERYBODY. Seeing a major discrepancy in the fact that they would marry straight couples and then sign the civil marriage license required by the State of Tennessee and Lesbian and Gay couples would receive nothing but a pat on the back and a nice ceremony, the congregation decided it had no place in issuing a civil document.
“As an Open and Affirming Community of Faith, 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.
Taking a major step, following a local Unitarian congregation who recently stopped performing marriages in their church, the DBCC is making a clear statement that there should be a separation between church and state. Thank you to the leadership of DBCC for recognizing equality for all Americans.