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Springfield Church Opposes Gay Marriage Ban

A church in Springfield announced it opposes the proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. KSMU's Mike Smith reports.

SURROUNDED BY RETIRED MINISTERS, SOME MEMBERS OF HIS CONGREGATION, AND HIS FELLOW PASTORS AT THE NATIONAL AVENUE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, SENIOR PASTOR ROGER RAY ON THURSDAY ANNOUNCED THE CONGREGATION BOARDS OPPOSITION TO AMENDMENT 2 WHICH WILL BE VOTED ON IN AUGUST. THE AMENDMENT ASKS THIS QUESTION: SHALL THE MISSOURI CONSTITUTION BE AMENDED SO THAT A MARRIAGE SHALL EXIST ONLY BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN. WHILE SUGGESTING THERE IS NO ETHICAL REASON TO TAKE RIGHTS AWAY FROM THE GAY AND LESBIAN COMMUNITY, ROGER RAY ASKS THIS QUESTION.

STATE SENATOR SARAH STEELMAN REPRESENTS MISSOURI'S 16TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT AND LIVES IN RALEIGH. STEELMAN IS A SPONSOR OF THE BILL THAT PUTS AMENDMENT 2 ON THE BALLOT.

MARY HILZEBECK AND HER PARTNER HAVE BEEN TOGETHER FOR 17 YEARS, THEY HAVE 2 CHILDREN. MARY SAYS THAT EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE PAPERWORK IN PLACE, CUSTODY OF THEIR CHILDREN COULD BE IN QUESTION IF SHE WOULD PASS AWAY.

AGAIN, STATE SENATOR SARAH STEELMAN.

EDDIE LYONS IS THE PASTOR OF THE HIGH STREET CHURCH IN SPRINGFIELD.

AGAIN, NATIONAL AVENUE CHRISTIAN CHURCH SENIOR PASTOR ROGER RAY.

I THINK ROGER RAY READS HIS BIBLE.

EDDIE LYONS IS THE PASTOR OF THE HIGH STREET BAPTIST CHURCH. PASTOR ROGER RAY ADMITS THE ISSUE OF INCLUSION HAS COST ITS CHURCH SOME MEMBERS AND SOURCES TELL KSMU NEWS THAT THE NATIONAL AVENUE CHRISTIAN CHURCH BOARD WAS NOT UNNIMOUS IN ITS DECISION TO OFFICIALLY OPPOSE AMENDMENT 2, BUT RAY MAKES NO APOLOGIES FOR THE ACTION.

MISSOURIANS CAN VOTE ON AMENDMENT 2 AUGUST 3RD.

FOR KSMU NEWS I'M MIKE SMITH.