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Kentucky church votes to ban interracial couples from services

Kentucky church votes to ban interracial couples from services

Kentucky inter-racial coupleA couple traveling home to Pike County, Kentucky, for the holiday weekend, got a cold reception at the family church after announcing their engagement, WKYT news reports.

When Stella Harville, who grew up going to Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church, introduced the congregation to her fiance, Ticha Chikuni, a former pastor and current member of the church proposed a rule that interracial marriages will not be permitted in church services and other functions. Church members voted in favor of the rule on Sunday.

"It's just a travesty. Especially of Christianity, that this church would just think this way," says Harville, "people who have this backward way of thinking, they should know that their racist actions should not and will not be tolerated."

WKYT says that the church pastor did not want to comment on camera and that the church member who proposed the recommendation did not answer phone calls.

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  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    I thought there were laws against this since 1967, thanks to Loving v Virginia. If it weren't for the fact there is separation of church and state (or there's suppose to be) the couple might have a court case. However, it would be better for them to just leave than put up with that and possibly risk it destroying their relationship.

  • Vaimce Douglas

    could just be banning ugly white women would sound better seen her?? ugh!!

  • larbo

    I am a white Southern Baptist gentleman and am appalled at the decision this Christian church has come to. I will pray for God to give them wisdom and understanding. The young couple, if they love each other, I wish them the very best that life has to offer.

  • bob hope

    were all a big happy family. la la la.

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