Church where PFLAG met removed from Baptist group

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - A western Kentucky Baptist organization has removed an Owensboro church that allows a support group for friends and family members of gay people to meet in its building.

Members of churches that belong to the Daviess-McLean Baptist Association voted 242-24 to approve removal of Journey Fellowship, the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reported.

Journey Fellowship pastor Bob Coons said after Monday's vote that he had hoped for a different outcome but wasn't surprised.

The Rev. Tommy Webb, pastor of Buck Creek Baptist Church and moderator of the association, said he and most of the voters believed the issue was about family and the definition of family.

Coons told the organization's credentials committee in June that the church's relationship with Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays was not a sponsorship but an offer to share building space.

Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer,

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