North Carolina church stops weddings until same-sex marriage is legal

The Iowa Supreme Court's consideration of a gay marriage bill rallied activists on both sides of the issue. (Liz Martin/AP/The Gazette)

A Methodist church in North Carolina has announced that it will not host any weddings until same-sex marriage is legalized. Green Street United Methodist Church posted an official announcement to its website.

The church has asked ministers not to perform any weddings there until same-sex couples have been granted equal rights to do so.

The Rev. Kelly Carpenter told WFMY News 2 that ministers at the church will be asked to refrain from performing weddings for any couple inside the sanctuary.

“We are asking our ministers not to perform sacraments of marriage, as far as the wedding vows, wedding rings, and the announcement of the marriage in the sanctuary until the United Methodist Church says it is equitable or same sex couples can get married in the church,” Tim Sturgis, a congregation member, told 88.5 WFDD.

North Carolina passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in May of last year. [Huffington Post]