Winston-Salem, NC - A Triad church is putting itself in the middle of the firestorm over same-sex marriage.
Green Street United Methodist in Winston-Salem did a study on how same-sex couples can stand in solidarity with heterosexual couples to change what they call "injustices."
"It also asks two things be refrained from," said Kelly Carpenter, senior pastor at Green Street United Methodist Church. "One of them is for the minister appointed to this church not to do wedding ceremonies within the sanctuary for same-sex couples or for opposite-sex couples. That is prevented from the United Methodist denomination for us to do that with same-sex couples, but not so with opposite-sex couples."
"We're a welcoming community," said Katherine Skarbek, Green Street United Methodist Church Leadership Council Chair. "One of our phrases we like to use on Sunday mornings is 'all means all,' so whoever wants to come here and worship with us is welcome."
The church said it will not perform weddings inside the sanctuary until the ban on same-sex marriage is lifted. Instead, the church will offer a modified ceremony to all couples that avoids rings and the traditional vows.
Churches have adopted similar policies in Chicago, New York and California.