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Pastor backs gay couple’s discrimination complaint against him after church bans same-sex marriages

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A gay couple in North Carolina has filed a complaint of “gender discrimination” with the Methodist Church after a pastor refused to marry them — and the pastor says he wants to “co-sign” on the side of the two men.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported on Wednesday that Scott Chappell and Kenny Barner were embraced by members of their church for filing a complaint against their pastor for violating church doctrine that required him to “be in ministry with all people.” The couple said that Rev. Kelly P. Carpenter of Green Street United Methodist Church was committing “gender discrimination” by refusing to marry them.

“God’s grace is available to all and so should the pastoral ministry,” the complaint noted.

For his part, Carpenter has said that he wishes that he could marry Chappell and Barner, but church doctrine considers homosexuality to be “incompatible with Christian teaching.” And the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church has threatened to “enforce the discipline” against its same-sex marriage ban.

“If there was a way for me to be a co-signer with the complaint, I think it’s right on the money,” Carpenter explained. “It really calls out the contradictions in our Book of Discipline, which calls us to be ministry with all people.”

In 2013, the United Methodist Church defrocked a pastor in Pennsylvania for violating church discipline by performing a same-sex marriage ceremony for his son. He was later reinstated.

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Chappell argued that church rules were contradictory.

“Rules are being violated in our Book of Discipline already,” he told United Methodist News Service. “Are we going to violate the rule that bans discrimination? Or are we going to violate the rule banning discrimination that bans same-sex ceremonies?”

Green Street announced in 2013 that it would halt all marriage ceremonies at the church until same-sex couples were treated equally.

Carpenter speculated that his support for the complaint against him “may get me in some trouble.”

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“But it may be the kind of trouble I’ve been looking for,” he said.

Watch the video below from The Winston-Salem Journal, broadcast Nov. 12, 2104.

Watch the video below from WFMY, broadcast Nov. 12, 2014.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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‘Weakness doesn’t win elections’: Indivisible co-founder explains why members are holding #ImpeachTrump rallies

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The growing support to commence impeachment proceedings by House Democrats is driven by their need to fire up grassroots support to hold control of the chamber, an Indivisible co-founder explained on MSNBC.

"The call for impeachment continues. this as protesters are hitting the street in more than 140 rallies planned across the country. Organizers say the "Impeach Trump" event is a day of action urging House Democrats to start impeachment proceedings," MSNBC's Richard Lui reported Saturday.

"A new survey from the indivisible project finds 80 percent of their respondents say the House should start impeachment proceedings," he noted. "Right now in the House, 63 Democrats and one Republican support impeachment."

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Mississippi fast food cashier ‘terminated immediately’ for ugly racist slur on customer’s receipt

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The owner of a fast food restaurant in Mississippi "terminated immediately" an employee after a racist and misogynistic slur of patrons.

When Lex Washington visited Who Dat's Drive-Thru in Oxford with her roommate, the cashier listed them on the receipt as "black b*tches in a silver car."

A manager reportedly refused to apologize at the time, and instead "laughed in her face."

A photo of the receipt then spread on social media.

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