GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – A local church is taking a very public stance on same-sex marriage.
The Church of Christ on Nashville Road in Gallatin is using a large sign to display its perspective on the issue.
Minister Charles Williams told News 2 he is standing by the message on the sign and that his stance is consistent with his religion’s beliefs.
“It’s not a political question for us, it’s a moral question. The Bible is very clear regarding what marriage is,” said Williams.
Williams said on Sunday mornings, more than 200 people attend his service and members of his congregation have asked him his stance on the issue.
“If a gay person wants to attend my church, that’s fine but they are still going to hear the word of God preached and we will still love that person,” explained Williams.
Chris Sanders, the Executive Director of the Tennessee Equality Project, told News 2 he does not buy it.
“They really need to approach it by not demonizing people first and learn the truth about their neighbors,” said Sanders.
Sanders told News 2 he believes there will be more billboards like the one outside the Church of Christ around Middle Tennessee as it gets closer to the Supreme Court’s decision regarding marriage equality.
Sanders went on to say his stance is clear.
“God hasn’t told me that God’s wrath is coming against our community. So what we really need to have is a dialogue about is what people think and what people teach. And we have a responsibility for and as I said, I am not impressed with this billboard,” he said.
Williams told News 2 so far he has received a lot of positive feedback from the community about the sign and only one complaint.