Following the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in all of the nation, a Lubbock church will hold a celebration Friday evening. St. John's Methodist Church will start the event at 7 Friday evening. The church is on University Avenue near 15th Street.
This is part of a statement from the church:
"Though the official policy of the United Methodist Church continues to forbid the celebration of same-sex marriages, St. John’s UMC has been committed to the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people since the adoption of its Statement of Reconciliation in 1998, saying in part 'We celebrate our diversity and recognize the sacred worth of all persons regardless of sexual orientation…'
"St. John’s celebration affirms the court’s decision as a major victory for civil rights and will offer an opportunity for individuals and families to gather and celebrate as a community."
A statement from senior pastor Kevin Young says the ruling "reflects the continuing evolution of society toward the acceptance of LGBT people. As people of faith, we see that evolution as the work of God. For too long the church has been in the business of judgment and exclusion. However, we believe we are called to love and welcome all people, and events like tonight’s gathering are just one of the many ways we try to live out that mission.”