LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A tiny all-white church in rural Kentucky has voted to ban interracial couples from joining its flock, pitting members against each other in an argument over race.
Members at the Gulnare (guhl-NAIR) Free Will Baptist Church in Pike County voted Sunday on the resolution, which says the church "does not condone interracial marriage."
Member Melvin Thompson crafted it but says he is not racist. He calls it an "internal affair" of the church.
Church secretary Dean Harville disagrees. He says it came after his daughter's African boyfriend sang for the congregation. The 9-6 vote was held after Sunday's service.
Free Will Baptist churches are autonomous, but the leader of their national association says there are interracial couples at many churches and there is no policy against it.