North Carolina Baptists adopt strictest ban on gay-friendly churches
Deny membership to gays or face expulsion
Dec 12, 2006
Baptist churches in North Carolina will have to deny membership to gays or face expulsion from the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
Messengers to the convention’s annual meeting voted November 14 to add language to its governing documents that will exclude from convention membership any church thought to affirm homosexual behavior.
It is the most rigid antigay policy of any statewide organization affiliated with the nationwide Southern Baptist Convention and is similar to an SBC policy approved more than a decade ago. The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, with more than 4,000 churches and about 1.2 million members, is the second-largest state body that relates to the SBC.
After a show-of-ballots vote, leaders of the state convention determined that the amendment passed by more than the required two-thirds margin—as it did last year during the amendment’s first reading.