Baptists will marry same-sex couples at Iowa City church

Dec 30, 2012 | Posted by: Rick in Kansas | Full story: www.desmoinesregister.com

An Iowa City Baptist church has become the first in the state to join a national association that advocates for the inclusion of LGBT people, and the church likely is the first of its kind in Iowa to allow same-sex couples to marry.

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This is great!!!

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Wow, a baptist church supporting equality!

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WeTheSheeple wrote:
Wow, a baptist church supporting equality!
And there's still an Iowa, not some smoking crater south of Minnesota.

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Wow, a baptist church supporting equality!
Baptists are a strange and eclectic bunch, each of their churches seems to be it's own religion. lol
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Great news! It takes courage and conviction to stand up for what's right. Blessings be on them.

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Yeah, yeah, eah. But does it have a great beat ... and will they be allowed to dance to it?

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WeTheSheeple wrote:
Wow, a baptist church supporting equality!
I know, isn't this awesome. Even if you didn't hear the bells ringing a lot of angels recently got wings!

The Baptist take a lot of abuse but I have to be honest, the best boss I ever had and the most decent, intelligent and compassionate man I ever knew was a Baptist. In fact he helped soften a lot of my radical gay rage Queer Nation thinking.

I used to wear a "Non Breeder" button on my jacket every year during Pride week. Till he told me how much it personally offended him. I threw it down a sewer that night on the way home. I finally saw that it was the gay version of the "n" word and so I don't like that term anymore.

I guess I got off track there but my point is it's nice to see "the good ones" get some good press for a change.

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Baptists are a strange and eclectic bunch, each of their churches seems to be it's own religion. lol
Many Christian Denominations have churches like this one. Why do you think some put such emphasis on "blasphemy" and "heresy"?

I spent years searching for a Christian Church that fit my spirituality. Each denomination has it's good points. But to me they all seem to focus too much on "the fine print" and miss the whole purpose behind the "contract". The Golden Rule.

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Yeah, yeah, eah. But does it have a great beat ... and will they be allowed to dance to it?
You're in rare form these last few days my friend.

Big Grin.

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It's worth noting that this particular congregation has affiliated with the AWAB ("Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists"), a council of churches that is not officially recognized by the American Baptist Church.

Assuredly, they are not associated with the radically fundamentalist Southern Baptist Convention, a large and powerful group that has often ex-communicated entire congregations for failing to meet their rigidly conservative standards.(The SBC requires, among other things, for male staff members to sign a document affirming that their wives are subservient in the home; men who fail to do so lose their positions.)

More forward-thinking Baptist congregations are affiliated instead with the more tolerant General Baptist Convention; it could be that the church in Iowa City is a member of this fellowship.

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Why won't Baptists have sex standing up?

It might lead to dancing.

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That is sick!!!!!!
Welcome to religious freedom.

It's one of those "traditional family values" you USED to squawk about.
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Yea for the the people of Iowa and the baptists church it's about time the churches realize god made us this way

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You Fa$$ots change like the weather. Yesterday you persecute baptist, today, because they endorse some of your perversion, you praise them. Just like various actors or actresses. Stupid Freaks.
No pun intended but get your facts straight. I've been defending Baptists since I first joined Topix because of the Baptist boss I once had.

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You Fa$$ots change like the weather. Yesterday you persecute baptist, today, because they endorse some of your perversion, you praise them. Just like various actors or actresses. Stupid Freaks.
Respect is earned, not given. WBC and several others are horrible, they deserve the ridicule, some are not and earn the respect. You don't get the difference, that is why you fail as a human being, and probably why you fail to earn respect from anyone around you in real life.

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Respect is earned, not given. WBC and several others are horrible, they deserve the ridicule, some are not and earn the respect. You don't get the difference, that is why you fail as a human being, and probably why you fail to earn respect from anyone around you in real life.
It is NOT possible to earn respect from people who refuse to give it.

TRUST can be earned. Respect is a gift that is only good when given.

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You're so wrong there TransQueer, I have so much respect, it sometimes scares me. Of course, you would like to think not.
Thanks for validating my assertion.

In case you do not comprehend why you just admitted to having no respect from your peers:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93...

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You're so wrong there TransQueer, I have so much respect, it sometimes scares me. Of course, you would like to think not.
I'm sure every toy you own respects you in the morning.

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Maybe you are the exception, but most of you HO:MOS are the way I said, and you know it.
As I pointed out earlier, Baptists often get a bum rap. And not just from gays.

IMHO the only groups that comes to mind that get as many jokes as Baptists are Jewish Mothers, Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses.

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No but I respect them. LMFAO
Erm ... wow, you openly admitted to being either a child, or a seriously well equipped straight pervert.

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