A Methodist church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has decided not to marry anyone until gays and lesbians can get married, Queerty Reports:
Until North Carolina’s ban on marriage equality is lifted, the Green Street United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem is asking ministers only to perform “relationship blessings” rather than full marriage ceremonies. It also wants the United Methodist Church to open the rite to gay couples, according to Equality North Carolina. “Because the United Methodist Church prohibits its pastors from conducting same- sex weddings, excluding gay and lesbian couples from the holy sacrament of marriage, the Leadership Council has asked the pastor to refrain from conducting wedding ceremonies in our sanctuary for straight couples, until the denomination lifts its ban for same-sex couples.”
the Green Street Church follows in the footsteps of the Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, which also announced in 2011 they would no longer perform any weddings until marriage equality was the law of the land.