PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky church banned interracial marriage after the daughter of the church secretary showed up with her Zimbabwean boyfriend.
Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church is a tiny, all-white Appalachian church in eastern Kentucky. In August, church member Melvin Thompson, who says he’s not racist, initiated the ban on mixed-race couples after the church secretary’s daughter and her African boyfriend sang for the congregation. After Thompson’s prompting, the church voted and decided they would not condone interracial marriages, marry interracial couples or welcome them to attend their services.
After nationwide outrage, church members voted unanimously to overturn its ban on interracial couples.
According to Huffington Post, Pastor Stacy Stepp said his church of about 30 people voted unanimously to welcome “believers into our fellowship regardless of race, creed or color.” Stepp said he hopes lifting the ban will promote peace, love and harmony.
No where in the Christian Bible does it condemn interracial marriages. The Bible does, however, warn against being “yoked together with unbelievers.”