AP — A West Virginia pastor's support for a city ordinance protecting people from discrimination based on sexual orientation could get her church voted out of local and state Baptist groups. Pastor Valerie Gittings at First Baptist Church of Fairmont has publicly endorsed a local human rights ordinance that includes sexual orientation under its protections, the Times West Virginian reported. The ordinance was originally proposed in March and would have made discrimination based on factors including ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation illegal regarding housing or employment in the city, but will be put to a vote this year.
We believe that the references to homosexuality in biblical passages are not toward committed, monogamous relationships. Rather, what is being condemned is inhospitality, heterosexual rape, pagan ritual sex and orgies, and pederasty. We contend that gay orientation is not a choice; not only should gay behavior not be viewed as sinful, but gays are entitled to the same treatment as heterosexuals.
A church in West Virginia was voted out of its state Baptist convention by a local church body due to the pastor's support for homosexuality. We will not have access to resources the Association and Region provide to member churches," noted Gittings. The Christian Post reached out to the West Virginia Baptist Convention for comment and will update this article when a response is received.
An American Baptist church in West Virginia has been removed from its local association because its pastor does not believe that homosexuality is a sin. A group called Keep Fairmont Safe collected enough signatures to demand its reconsideration. Opting against another contentious meeting, the council decided to let the issue go to a public vote this November. After the meeting, Gittings said her comments drew attention of another pastor in the association.
Washington Blade photo by Joey DiGuglielmo. Martinsburg, in Berkeley County, is just more than 60 miles from Washington and sits along an interesting stretch of Interstate 81 where one can drive through Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania in about 45 minutes. Metro area but are drawn to West Virginia for its drastically more affordable real estate prices.
By Bailey Vogt on May 7, A church in West Virginia was voted out of a Baptist church association due to its acceptance of homosexuality. We believe that gays should be welcome to participate fully in all areas of life, including the church.
AP — A church in West Virginia has been voted out of its local Baptist association because its pastor says gays and lesbians should be welcomed. Pastor Valerie Gittings had endorsed a local human rights ordinance protecting sexual orientation. In a February statement, she said "many progressive Christians reject outright the idea that homosexual behavior is a violation of God's law. The ordinance was originally proposed in March and would have made discrimination based on factors including ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation illegal regarding housing or employment in the city, but will be put to a vote this year.
June is Pride Month, which means here in Appalachia and across the U. The movement has made a lot of gains since then, such as the Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage. And just this month, the World Health Organization said it will stop classifying being transgender as a mental illness.