RALEIGH, N.C. – A North Carolina church has voted to withhold all marriages until state law allows same-sex couples to wed.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Monday that the congregation of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church voted to prohibit their pastor from legally marrying anyone until she can legally marry same-sex couples.
Marriage ceremonies at the Raleigh church will continue to be conducted but the pastor won’t sign a certificate the state requires to establish a legal marriage.
No one spoke out against the marriage statement Sunday in a gathering that filled a meeting hall with mostly gray-haired churchgoers.
The church near the North Carolina State University campus was kicked out of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1992 after a decision to bless gay marriages. Pastor Nancy Petty is a lesbian.