Regional
4:15 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Baptist Church in Kentucky Prepares to Hold First Gay Marriage Ceremony

David Bannister and Steven Carr have been together for more than six years.  They plan to get married next May at Highland Baptist Church in Louisville. 

The Courier-Journal reports the 1,200-member congregation places women in leadership and is already more liberal than most churches in the Baptist denomination.  Highland Baptist left the conservative Southern Baptist Convention about 20 years ago.  In 2012, the church ordained its first openly gay minister. 

The couple planning to wed there next spring hopes they can be legally married in light of recent rulings striking down Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage.