Church defends decision to fire unwed expectant mother
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A church in Virginia is defending its decision to fire an unwed mother for violating the church’s moral code of conduct for employees.
Apryl Kellam has been working at the Staples Mill Road Baptist Church daycare since September.
She says her supervisor has been warning her that she needed to marry her fiancé.
The couple is expecting a baby in April and has children from other relationships.
“People are calling us judgmental, but that’s judgmental, to say we’re being judgmental when they don’t know us,” said Pastor James Booth. “They don’t know our heart. We’re not trying to be hurtful, we’re just following our personnel handbook which is rooted in our statement of faith and our biblical beliefs.”
Apryl Kellam and her fiancé, James Coalson, were reportedly told they need to marry or at least announce a wedding date by this week.
Click here for their explanation for considering legal action against the church.
“The only one who can judge me is God himself,” Kellam said.
“I want to wait so we can have all our family and friends there and have a big wedding,” she explained. “I just don’t want to go to the courthouse and have someone marry us.”