Minister says no to marriage ceremonies

RALEIGH, N.C. — Pastor Nancy Petty of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church has taken a stand against anti-gay matrimony and has declared that she will not perform state-sanctioned celebrations until everyone is afforded the ability to wed.

The lesbian minister told Raleigh’s News & Observer that she would perform religious blessings, but will not sign a marriage license. She said that she will hold this position until everyone in the state can legally marry, be they gay or straight. If couples want a legal marriage, then they have to go before a magistrate to get one. Her decision was based upon the fact that New York now has legal gay marriage now. She feels that the church was “lagging behind.”

Petty has been with the church for 20 years. When she was hired, the church decided to bless gay marriages which got it booted out of the Southern Baptist Convention.

In the early years, she had to create certificates for gay couples because there were none.

She is now waiting on the board and congregation to see if they want to bring this to a vote. She does know that a statement will need to be made on the issue.

Center on hunt for new ED

RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Center of Raleigh is seeking an executive director. The ideal candidate should be able to provide visionary leadership to the organization; is charismatic, experienced and can engage the center’s various constituencies to share in its vision, participate in its programs, while cultivating its volunteer talents and encouraging people to lend full financial support; and is articulate and a passionate spokesperson.

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Salary range for this position is between $40,000-$50,000 per year and includes a benefit package and paid time off.

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