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article imageKentucky Baptist Church overturns ban on interracial couples

By R. Francis Rubio     Dec 5, 2011 in World
Pikeville - Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church voted Sunday to overturn its recent and controversial ban on mixed-race couples joining the congregation.
After the firestorm generated by its refusal to accept interracial couples joining church activities, the east Kentucky Baptist Church voted to overturn the policy Sunday and welcome all believers.
Pastor of the Pike County church Stacy Stepp told The Associated Press that the previous vote was null and void after determining that that new bylaws can not contradict,local, state or federal laws. Stepp admitted the new proposal was discriminatory and by law it could not be adopted.
Strepp said that approximately 30 parishioners voted on the new resolution welcoming all "believers into our fellowship regardless of race, creed or color."
As reported by Digital Journal on Thursday, the church previously voted to ban interracial couples after the daughter of the church secretary, 24-year-old Stella Harville bought her 29-year-old (African born) fiance Ticha Chikuni to a church service back in June, 2012.
The couple performed a song together for the congregation that day and were informed later by Harville's father, Dean Harville, that he was told by the Pastor at the time, Melvin Thompson that the couple would not be permitted to sing at the church again.
According to Pastor Strepp, the new vote to "welcome all believers" was unanimous.
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