According to CNN, two weeks ago, Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church in Pike County, Kentucky, voted 9-6 to ban couples in interracial marriages from attending or participating in the church.
But on Sunday, the small church reversed its course.
Pastor Stacy Stepp told CNN affiliate WLEX on Sunday that the church voted unanimously to “accept all people regardless of race, creed, or color and to accept everyone into the fellowship of Christ.”
“I tried everything in my power to try to resolve the matter before it got to where it did,” Stepp told WLEX.
The problem began in June when Stella Harville, who grew up going to the church, brought her fiance, Ticha Chikuni, who is black, to the small church, where on average about 40 people meet for Sunday worship.
Harville, who goes by the nickname Susie, played the piano, and Chikuni sang a song during the service.
Her father, Dean Harville, a decades-long member of the church, told CNN affiliate WSAZ he was counting the offering when the pastor at the time, Melvin Thompson, came up to him and said, “Susie and her boyfriend are not allowed to sing in this church anymore.”
“He said, ‘Furthermore, Susie can take her fella back where she found him from,’” Harville said.
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