December 6th, 2011
04:17 PM ET

Church reverses ban on interracial marriages

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) -
Two weeks ago, Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church in Pike County, Kentucky, voted 9-6 to ban couples in interracial marriages from attending or participating in the church.

But on Sunday, the small church reversed its course.

Pastor Stacy Stepp told CNN affiliate WLEX on Sunday that the church voted unanimously to "accept all people regardless of race, creed, or color and to accept everyone into the fellowship of Christ."

"I tried everything in my power to try to resolve the matter before it got to where it did," Stepp told WLEX.

Read the full story on CNN's Belief blog

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  1. Jason

    As long as they aren't gay, right?

    December 11, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. R. T. Cridebring

    As a follower of Christ, and have been for 24 years, knowing and coming to understand the Bible as I have, the banning of this form of relationship goes against everything the that Jesus taught. Maybe this Church forgot, God is color blind.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DeeNYC

    church is hilarious.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      The pentecostal ones are. People screaming, running, flopping around, going nuts and I even saw a couple girls doing the Butterfly to the music! LOL

      December 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. twang


    December 6, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |