Raleigh Church To Vote On Marriage Ban

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Members of a Baptist church in Raleigh will vote on whether to stop holding marriages between heterosexual couples until the state allows same-sex couples to wed.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/uBToox) that the congregation of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church will vote Nov. 20. If the congregation approves the proposal, all couples could still participate in a spiritual ceremony inside the church.

Couples wanting a marriage license could either get it through the magistrate's office or through another pastor, but not on Pullen grounds.

Pullen has blessed gay marriages for the past 20 years, a stance that got it kicked out of the Southern Baptist Convention.

In July, the Rev. Nancy Petty, Pullen's pastor, asked the church to relieve her of the duty of signing marriage licenses.


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  • by ashleesboss on Nov 14, 2011 at 10:57 AM
    I have no issue with someone who prefers homosexuality, and lives in their pleasured happy little lives... what really frustrates me is when we try to mix it with religion, comfort the sin, and make it seem acceptable for true 'Bible followers(I wont get into specific religions, but any religion following KJV Bible)'
  • by Anonymous on Nov 13, 2011 at 04:59 AM
    I love how so many people call quoting the truth, "passing judgment" i feel sorry for those who are offended by absolute truth
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      by Anonymous on Nov 13, 2011 at 10:34 AM in reply to
      You can't call something that is a personal truth, factual, making it in fact, not the truth but an opinion. Since nobody can prove God exist, it isn't the truth, it's the opinion of a book. Fiction over fact.
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      by ashleesboss on Nov 14, 2011 at 10:48 AM in reply to
      Anon1 You are right. Facts are facts and I, as many people in the World consider The Bible our Law.
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        by ? on Nov 14, 2011 at 12:06 PM in reply to ashleesboss
        So you stone Blasphemers and Homosexuals regularly? I mean that is the ‘Law of the Bible’ so I would believe that you practice it word for word, you must also go to foreign countries and tell them what horrible uncivilized heathens they all are for not worshipping ‘God’. Oh wait, that’s right you only follow what you want to right, I mean you have about two hundred different versions of the Bible to choose from, so you can just mix n’ match, right? Also, just so you know, by your opinion, the American Government is suppose to consider the ‘Bible’ law or a system of government, then by law they must also consider Sharia a form of government as well, meaning fathers would be allowed to murder their own children if the ‘dishonor’ their family, and let’s not forget about every other religion on the planet, they all have their little ‘quirks’. Sorry, but no matter how much you preach it, it will never happen, we already let religion’s have their ‘fun’ while being in charge, I believe it was called the Middle Ages. Oh, and please don’t try to use the “under God” approach, that has already been blown out of the water.
  • by Wow on Nov 12, 2011 at 03:50 PM
    I love how so many quote the bible and pass judgement at the same time. I feel sorry for all of you.
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      by Beth on Nov 14, 2011 at 10:19 AM in reply to Wow
      The WORD will stand in judgement.
  • by Beth Location: Holden Beach, NC on Nov 12, 2011 at 10:51 AM
    There is a problem here! Ms. Petty should read the first book of Romans or has she found a way to sidetrack that entire message in the pulpit?
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      by uh on Nov 12, 2011 at 03:17 PM in reply to Beth
      She probably contextualized Romans as one of Paul's letters in the midst of the gospels of Matthew Mark Luke and John, and further noted the whole letter to the Romans, which indicates Paul's audience as "god-haters", not the homosexual community.
  • by Gay & Lesbian on Nov 11, 2011 at 06:32 PM
    More & more people are turning to homosexuality to give them happiness. Cocaine is a great way to feel good. Drink a 5th of Jack and do an eight-ball, you'll be feeling fine....but at what cost?
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      by ? on Nov 14, 2011 at 06:25 AM in reply to Gay & Lesbian
      So Homosexuality is just a drug? Are you doing cocaine right now? I still can't understand the comparisons you people make, trying to say that Homosexuality is no different then drug use/murder/pedophilia/rape is like saying that the world is flat and that the moon is made out of cheese. Well whatever, have fun with your illogical opinion that you got out of a book that’s been rewritten more times than I care to elaborate on.
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      by ashleesboss on Nov 14, 2011 at 10:51 AM in reply to Gay & Lesbian
      Gay&Lesbian you make a great point.. Today our selfish world is only about self pleasure and self gratification (Same as the false prophets welcoming sin in their doors and comforting it)... I personally see homosexuality as more of a mental perversion, same as people who seek lust and pleasure from children instead of a mate ... pedophiles i think?
  • by Anonymous on Nov 11, 2011 at 04:31 PM
    Google Pullen Babtist Church and you will see, Reverend Petty is a lesbian. Make your own conclusions.
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      by obamanot on Nov 11, 2011 at 04:58 PM in reply to
      Why would anybody want to google what is obvious?
  • by Anonymous on Nov 11, 2011 at 03:29 PM
    Reverend Petty is a lesbian. As for my family and I, we are members of a Bible believing church.
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      by Truth on Nov 11, 2011 at 10:06 PM in reply to
      Westboro Baptist?
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        by Anonymous on Nov 12, 2011 at 04:20 AM in reply to Truth
        Nah, they're too Liberal for some of the people on this site.
  • by What is truth? Location: Greenville on Nov 11, 2011 at 03:29 PM
    This is another sad story for the Christian church. If you can even call this a church? Since when did God leave it up to us to decide issues like this. He has clearly condemned homosexual relationships in His word, and has ordained marriage between one man and one woman. Truth is not relative!! it is absolute!! Shame on this "church" and its "pastor."
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      by minister h on Nov 11, 2011 at 04:44 PM in reply to What is truth?
      that is so right. god's word has never chaged. there is no way to minister to gods people when you are surely altering it to fit your own sinful ways. the body of christ must keep on praying.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 13, 2011 at 10:35 AM in reply to minister h
        Except...you know how basically the New Testament acts like everything in the Old Testament never happened or isn't important anymore.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 12, 2011 at 04:22 AM in reply to What is truth?
      God: Give man free will... God: Make followers follow rules and give them absolutes on issues.
  • by B Location: Gville on Nov 11, 2011 at 01:40 PM
    They don't sound like any Baptist that I know, and I come from a long line of good old southern Baptist.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 14, 2011 at 10:53 AM in reply to B
      Right... Frustrates me when you have to justify who how what when you believe... since when did we stop using the Bible as our reference?!?!!?!?
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Nov 11, 2011 at 01:39 PM
    What? Unusual action for a Baptist church. I would have to find another church. Bet they will lose part of their congregation too. It can't be both ways; either you are gay, or you're not. Pick a lane...
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