Kentucky church bans interracial marriage By Eric Pfeiffer | Stella Harville and Ticha Chikuni in a November 2010 photo by Harville (AP) ...A copy of the recommendation, obtained by WYMT, reads in part: That the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church does not condone interracial marriage. Parties of such marriages will not be received as members, nor will they be used in worship services and other church functions, with the exception being funerals. All are welcome to our public worship services. This recommendation is not intended to judge the salvation of anyone, but is intended to promote greater unity among the church body and the community we serve. Members of the church held a vote on Thompson's proposed language, with nine voting in favor and six voting against. The other members in attendance chose not to vote.... The red coloring is done by me for emphasis. I know this is not representative of all of Kentucky or the south as a whole, and the article points out that other churches in the area were quick to denounce this, but this is what makes people think the south is still very racist. In 2009 we had the Louisiana Judge who refused to marry interracial couples too. http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=90275&highlight=interracial+couple+denied+marriage IMO, people in those areas need to make a huge public display against this kind of thing in order to break the stereotype. I'm not sure if the church is more against his being African American or the fact that he's highly educated, because there are a lot dumb ***** in that church. JMO On the other hand I at least respect them for being openly honest. I think, and this applies to the whole country, that a lot of racism, sexism, anti-gay sentiment and religious hatred is kept behind the eyes these days.