Tennessee former Southern Baptist church members vote to marry gay couples in their church

Andrew Potts | Gay Star News | January 15, 2016

A progressive Baptist church in Tennessee has announced its intention to provide religious marriage services to same-sex couples in a further move away from the position of the conservative Southern Baptist Convention it once belonged to.

First Baptist Church Memphis members approved the change on Sunday and almost 70 percent of the congregation voted in favor of it.

‘As Christ’s church, First Baptist Memphis is called to minister equally to all persons, extending to them the privileges afforded to any follower of Christ, including, but not limited to, baptism, membership, leadership, ordination, and marriage, and will not discriminate based on race, gender, age, marital status, or sexual orientation,’ the motion passed by the church members reads.

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