Church association overturns interracial couple ban

PIKE COUNTY, KY (WAVE/WLEX) - A church conference has overruled a Pike County church's decision to ban interracial couples. The Freewill Baptist Association, which oversees several churches, made the decision Saturday morning.

Conference organizers say the Freewill Baptist Association finds that Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church's vote to ban interracial marriage went against organization guidelines to abide by state and federal equality laws.

They go on to say that not enough church members voted on the proposed ban according to organization guidelines, effectively disqualifying the decision altogether.

Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church voted nine to six to approve the ban, after longtime church member Stella Harville became engaged to her boyfriend.

The leader of the church opposed the ban, which was proposed by a church member, Reverend Melvin Thompson.

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