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  1. Sander de Groot from Amsterdam, Netherlands 22 Nov 2011, 12:12pm


    this is some news I really do like a lot – BIG time:-D!! Especially because this particular Church has a fine history of critical actions for several right causes, that nowadays seem pretty “normal” in our society.

    Hail to Pullen Memorial Baptist Church!!

  2. And in other religious news, the vast majority of religious groups remain as poisonously bigoted as ever.

    1. Jock S. Trap 22 Nov 2011, 1:56pm

      It’s the smallest voice that shouts the loudest to be heard and very often is listened too. Don’t cut those voices after all they support us and our fight for equality.

      1. Amen to that, Jock S. Trap; let’s not turn this piece of wonderful news from a Christian church into a bitchfest
        Good on Ya!

        1. Jock S. Trap 15 Dec 2011, 8:32am

          Thank you Barry!! :)

      2. jamestoronto 22 Nov 2011, 10:10pm

        How many times have I read here about how small the voice is or the group is, etc. and these advances are simply dismissed as unimportant. I disagree. These many small wins will lead to a great victory. These many small voices will soon belong to a much louder shout. Not every reform starts off as some grandiose event.

        1. Jock S. Trap 15 Dec 2011, 8:31am

          Exactly and lets hope in the not so distance future. The sooner the better!!

  3. Keith Farrell 22 Nov 2011, 12:23pm

    I like that this church has seen fit to join our fight. I miss going to my church but I will not go to any church until my marrage which is legal (civil Partnership) is recognised by the church as a union of love.

  4. Puts shame to the exclusively homophobic churches.
    It would be great if more churches adopted this strategy to help us all on the way to equality, especially in UK too.
    Well done Pullen Memorial Baptist Church.

  5. This is refreshing ^^

  6. Wow indeed. What a fantastic example to set!

  7. wonderful, encouraging news !

    Been reading and enjoy The Queer Bible Commentary too — a real eye opener to me ! :)

  8. Jock S. Trap 22 Nov 2011, 1:55pm

    Seems a lot of religions and religious people could learn from the likes of this Church, along with the Reform and Liberal Jews, Unitarians, Quakers etc.

  9. Brilliant, and a salutary correction to the prevailing impression that non-episcopal protestantism in the US has been taken over by fundamentalist loonies. It is often forgotten today that Martin Luther King appealed to Thomas Aquinas as well as the Bible in his letter from Birmingham jail. Southern Baptism is rather different today, I fear.

  10. darkmoonman 22 Nov 2011, 5:46pm

    Having grown up in the Carolinas, I find this publicly progressive show of compassion by a Christian church totally unexpected. Bravo.

  11. God Bless them, those Christians did something right in America to fight for the Equal and Civil Rights of all LGBT people everywhere. It looks like the gay Christians are now the only real Christians in America, after all they do practice what they preach, Love. God commanded us to love on another.

    1. jamestoronto 23 Nov 2011, 3:43am

      @ Cupid — Just to clarify. I don’t think you really meant to write “the gay Christians are now the only real Christians in America” when you referred to this church. As an inclusive church, I am sure many of its congregation would describe themselves as straight.

  12. Marjorie Schuessler 22 Nov 2011, 7:06pm

    Good for your congregation for taking a stand, speaking out for the love and acceptance of all God’s children. May God continue to bless you and your ministry.

  13. jamestoronto 22 Nov 2011, 10:13pm

    Way to go Pullen Baptist Church. A very brave decision.

  14. Can I get an AMEN Pullen Memorial Baptist Church!!!!!

  15. Thank you, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church on your stand for human rights.

  16. Martin Lawrence 23 Nov 2011, 7:37am

    This seems to me, to pick up on some of the things others have written, to be a very good example of how an individual Church can punch way above its weight. By being so public about this, they help to pull the rug from underneath all those who claim that there is no place for LGBTs in Christianity. For, to say so, you would have to say that the members of this congregation are not Christians. And all but the looniest of extremists try to avoid that kind of language.

    I wish the C of E could be the same, but we are trapped by the law of the land which gives straight couples the right to be married in the parish Church.

    Bit by bit, we’re getting there. Which is a damned site more than could be said 50 years ago.

  17. Johnny33308 23 Nov 2011, 1:54pm

    For goodness sakes, please stop calling it gay marriage….it is really more accurately called “marriage equality” for we seek the SAME “marriage” our heterosexual citizens enjoy. Gay marriage implies it is different than straight marriage when it is not…this is why “marriage equality” is far more accurate. We seek full equality not something ‘different’.

  18. Nutjobsareeverywhere 23 Nov 2011, 2:01pm

    Wow I never thought I’d live to hear those words from any religious institution don’t knock it !! Great oaks from little acorns grow !!
    Well done that church !!

  19. Nei Pori Leto 24 Nov 2011, 1:04pm

    Thrilled about this! Wow! Finally!

  20. What an excellent example of how religion could be. It is a powerful force for evil but small and rare gems like this are fighting against the tide of medevilism and bigotry! Good on them.

  21. EllenBeth Wachs 27 Nov 2011, 1:43pm

    Awesome! A church that is on the cutting edge of social issues. When is it going to come out with a statement that god is a myth and jesus never existed?

  22. Jock S. Trap 15 Dec 2011, 8:29am

    My hat goes off to this group and wish many many more would follow suit.


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