Winston-Salem church to stop weddings until gay marriage allowed

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A church in Winston-Salem has announced it will stop performing all marriages until United Methodist pastors are allowed to officiate at marriages for same-sex couples.

The Green Street United Methodist Church made the announcement on their Facebook page on Friday.

“On the matter of same-sex marriage, Green Street UMC sees injustice in the legal position of state government and the theological position of our denomination,” the message read.

“North Carolina prohibits same-sex marriage and all the rights and privileges marriage brings,” it continued. “The Leadership Council has asked that their ministers join others who refuse to sign any State marriage licenses until this right is granted to same- sex couples.”

The church said it is presently the only Reconciling Congregation in the Western North Carolina Conference. They said they have a growing number of members in the gay community.

The church said it will publish a public statement on marriage at a press conference on Sunday.

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