Goshen church passes vote to allow same-sex marriages

Published: May. 22, 2016 at 5:45 PM EDT
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Over the past few years, Indiana, along with the rest of the United States, have fought for gay rights, running into issues like Governor Pence's Religious Freedom Restoration Act from last year.

Around the same time, Goshen itself dealt with failures passing local legislation meant to protect sexual orientation and gender identity.

Faith leaders at Goshen City Church of the Brethren voted Sunday morning to allow and perform same-sex marriage ceremonies.

More than 75 percent of the congregation voted "yes" in support.

Madalyn Metzger, a spokesperson for the congregation says the vote came after a year-and-a-half of intensive study, discussion and prayer.

The church says they feel the congregation and the community is in a safe place, but some people say after everything, they don't think the people of Goshen, or the other churches in the area, will be too happy with the change.

Goshen resident Debra Nunez said, “Indiana is a very strict state. It's a very uptight state, so I think it's going to be very hard for people here. I think there's going to be some mudslinging and I think there's going to be some angry people, unkind words. But in the end it's all up to the man upstairs.”

Metzger adds, "We are still discerning as a congregation what the vote results mean for us as we move forward. The process we've gone through was an intentional way for us, as people of faith, to look at how we can and should move toward a more loving way of being in community with each other."

Now if disciplinary actions is taken by the Northern Indiana District Church of the Brethren, the congregation says they stand by their co-pastors.