Douglass Boulevard Christian Church, gay blog, marriage equality, gay news

Kentucky Church Stops Signing Marriage Licenses Until Gays Can Wed

Douglass Boulevard Christian Church, gay blog, marriage equality, gay news
Douglass Boulevard Christian Church is an inspirgaytion to us all.

Douglass Boulevard Christian Church has us feeling all warm and fuzzy inside today amid news that the church voted unanimously this past Sunday to no longer grant marriage licenses to heterosexual couples since they are not legally available to homosexual couples in equally committed relationships who are hoping to wed before God.

Taking a stand against marriage discrimination, the church voted to continue performing religious marriage ceremonies to straight couples, but without the legal component that gay couples are legally prevented access to.

Douglass Boulevard Christian Church’s blog has the story:

“As an Open and Affirming Community of Faith (a designation signifying DBCC’s commitment to full acceptance of all people, regardless of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation), our membership is committed to treating homosexuals and heterosexuals equally. Our congregation believes it is unfair to provide different services and benefits to heterosexual couples than we can provide to gay and lesbian couples,” said associate minister Rev. Ryan Kemp-Pappan.

Senior minister Rev. Derek Penwell added, “Heterosexual couples enjoy a number of benefits that result from having state-sanctioned union. They may inherit property, adopt children together, visit one another in the hospital, and save thousands each year in taxes by filing as a couple. Ministers, as agents of the state, have the power to confer these benefits-and the imprimatur of normalcy-on heterosexual couples, but we do not have the honor to bestow these benefits on gay and lesbian couples.”

“In our attempt to live out God’s call to pursue justice for all, the Elders of the congregation joined the Pastors in witnessing to the right for gay and lesbian persons to God’s blessing on their union and witnessing to the Commonwealth toward ending the refusal to recognize these unions,” said Rev. Chuck Lewis, Chair of Elders with the church.

Douglass Boulevard Christian Church, founded in 1846, has historically been committed to the pursuit of justice for all people, offering leadership in trying to live out the message of love and hospitality embodied by Jesus. In 2008, Douglass Boulevard Christian Church voted to become an Open and Affirming Community of Faith.

Testify! Amen! Hallelujah! Praise the Gaylord! Jesus walks! Preach it, girl! What Would Unicorn Booty Do! And so on…

We’re incredibly proud of the leadership and parishioners at Douglass Boulevard Christian Church. While we may not be in Kentucky, we’re feeling your love and support across the country today. A sincere THANK YOU for standing up for equality.

How amazing is this church!?


  • Ariel B. Dreamfalling

    Wow…………now THAT is LOVE! A church who actually sees us as people and not second class citizens or degenerates. Now if only a certain other church group (they that shall not be named cough Westboro, cough cough) would only take a cue from these people imagine the real good they could do in the world for everyone. Less hate more love because life in this world is already difficult enough. How wonderful that these people understand that it’s love that brings people together. I wish there were more churches like them.

  • Hell yeah. This is awesome. WTG DBCC!!!

  • Anonymous

    Wunnerful! Mahvelous!
    Actions like this re-affirm my faith in people of faith.

  • I would go to this church! Thinking of breaking out the Pastoral Robes!

  • Carmen Equality Smith

    This kinda goes along with the vow many of us have taken to not attend any more straight weddings until we can legally marry too. I am NO fan of churches….BUT, I like this one! 🙂

  • Bill Meadors

    I Would love to know how to contact the Minister of this Church! My Boyfriend & I Plan on having a commitment ceremony this spring In Indianapolis, Downtown on the canal .. I Would LOVE To have the Minister of This Church preform the ceremony. NOT Only for Joe and I To Commit to One another, but to also Help this church spread the word, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

  • Well done!

  • Bill Meadors

    yea im not a church go’er myself but i would go to this church just to support their cause!

  • JB

    I was looking forward to posting this piece in some pro-LGBT Christian and all-ages Facebook groups–until I saw the nude shots above… :-

  • Betsy W

    I was very pleasantly surprised to see that this is a Christian church too

  • Damn that was beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes.

  • Scott Thompson

    That’s fantastic.

  • Can I get an amen?

  • Eve

    Great news

  • Deanne Cooley

    I think I found me a new church!!! Too bad it’s all the way in Ky.