Local church leaders won’t marry same-sex couples (KTAL news article)

Here’s the print article summarizing the local TV station’s interview on marriage equality (text copied from KTAL web site):

Jerry and Sherry Kircus believe in gay marriage. Their son is gay and happily married, and they run the Northwest Louisiana PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).

Sherry Kircus said, “All of us believe that we are the equal of anybody and certainly our children and grandchildren. And that marriage, being a civil contract should be open to anybody that wants it.”

On the other end of the spectrum, local church leaders who don’t support gay marriage are worried the government has an agenda to force pastors to marry two people of the same sex.

“Their concern is that they’ll be able to sue the church and make it happen and the church suffers a financial loss,” said Bishop Lawrence Brandon of Praise Temple in Shreveport.

Bishop Brandon recently attended a conference in Washington D.C. to discuss the rights of same sex marriages. His stance on the issue is opposite of Jerry and Sherry’s.

“I would not perform a marriage for two same sex people, just like I wouldn’t perform a wedding for a man who wants to marry five women. It’s very clear in the bible’s wordings. Marriage is between one man and one woman,” said Brandon.

The rest of the article can be found here.  As soon as KTAL puts the interview video online, we will post a link to the video on our web site.

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