December 1, 2011
Small Kentucky church votes to bar interracial couples from membership
In 2011, how is it possible that a church could vote to not accept interracial couples as members?
Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church, a small church in rural Pike County, Ky., reportedly did just that.
The issue began this summer, after the daughter of the longtime church secretary and clerk, who is white, led a worship song at the church with her fiancee, who is from Zimbabwe. The pastor at the time, Melvin Thompson, said the two couldn’t lead worship again.
Thompson later stepped down, citing health reasons. But that wasn’t the end of it.
The Kentucky Herald-Leader reports:
Truly shocking and indefensible.