HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (BP, TAB) — Following a federal court’s legalization of same-sex “marriage” in Alabama, a volunteer minister at a Southern Baptist church has begun performing gay weddings. Ellin Jimmerson, minister to the community at Weatherly Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, has performed at least one same-sex wedding ceremony since gay “marriage” became legal. A receptionist at the church saidthat Weatherly Heights ordained Jimmerson and that she is a church member, but is not on the staff. David Freeman, pastor of Weatherly Heights, preached a sermon Sept. 29, 2013, in which he argued that “adult, loving, monogamous, same-sex relationships are not condemned in the Bible,” according to a printed version of the sermon on the church’s website. Weatherly Heights is a cooperating church with the Alabama Baptist Convention and the Madison Baptist Association.
Meanwhile the state judges responsible for issuing marriage licenses have denied them to gay couples in 12 counties and in 40 additional counties probate judges stopped issuing marriage licenses altogether Feb. 9 when the federal court’s ruling took effect.
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