NC Church Refuses to Perform Straight Weddings
Until same-sex marriage is legal
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 19, 2013 11:19 AM CDT
Updated Mar 23, 2013 7:00 PM CDT
Parishioners are seen on the steps of the Green Street United Methodist Church in this photo from its website.   (Green Street United Methodist Church)

(Newser) – If gay people aren't allowed to get married, then no one's getting married. That's the position the Green Street United Methodist Church is taking. The church in Winston-Salem, NC, will refuse to conduct any weddings or sign any marriage licenses, straight or otherwise, until same-sex marriage is legal and condoned by the United Methodist Church, its leadership council announced, saying it "sees injustice in the legal position of the state government and the theological position of our denomination."

The church currently has more than 15 gay and lesbian members. "Many people in our church have been very active about marriage equality," Rev. Kelly Carpenter tells Fox News. "Inside the congregation, I've heard nothing but support." In place of marriages, the church will hold "relationship blessings," which can be performed on same-sex and opposite-sex couples alike, WXII 12 reports. While Methodist churches in Chicago and California have taken similar steps, Carpenter believes his is the first Southern church to do so.

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Mar 25, 2013 2:47 PM CDT
Mar 24, 2013 7:45 PM CDT
Churches sign marriage licenses? That's just bizarre. Ya westerners are a weird bunch.
Mar 24, 2013 11:44 AM CDT
All right, all right, all right! Jesus Newser, we've seen the friggin' story! The Green Street United Methodist Church is taking their ball and going home because gays can't play. We get it. It won't make a bit of difference except to inconvenience their own parishioners who want to get married, but it's a stand that shows that their hearts are in the right place. It's stupid, but nice.