Pastor Dumps Interracial Couple Ban Brings issue to local church council By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Dec 5, 2011 6:24 AM CST 24 comments Comments Stella Harville and her fianc?, Ticha Chikuni, pose for a picture in Richmond, Ky. The couple prompted a vote to ban interracial couples at the church. (AP Photo/Stella Harville, File) (Newser) – A Kentucky pastor has nullified a vote by his church to ban interracial couples, he says. “As far as I'm concerned and the church is concerned, this case will be closed as of tomorrow,” said Stacy Stepp on Saturday, after raising the issue with a council of local church leaders. The group ruled that the vote had no weight because parishioners hadn’t followed proper voting rules, ABC News reports. Stepp opposed the vote in the first place, he told the Lexington Herald-Leader.