But you know, everyone just fell off the bandwagon and passed a really hard judgment on her and on us and the family too." Stella Harville told CNN's Erin Burnett on Friday, before the church reversed the policy, "I still don't know how to process all this." Harville grew up in the church but left Pike County to attend college.
Consider that California was the flashpoint for marriage of a different sort in 1948.
Then the issue wasn't two men or two women wanting the state's blessing for their matrimony, but couples from different races seeking to be married.
According to Reverend Scotty Mc Lennan of Stanford University, author of , it was the Catholic Church that stepped forward to successfully challenge California's anti-miscegenation law on behalf of a black-white couple in Los Angeles. It wasn't until 1967 that the Supreme Court struck down remaining restrictions on interracial marriage then being enforced by some twenty states.
The problem began in June when Stella Harville, who grew up going to the church, brought her fiance, Ticha Chikuni, who is black, to the small church, where on average about 40 people meet for Sunday worship.
Harville, who goes by the nickname Susie, played the piano, and Chikuni sang a song during the service.
The recent dialogue between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches has led to a deeper appreciation of their common tradition of faith.
This exploration has helped us to reassess some specific theological and pastoral problems in the area of Christian marriage.
Chikuni told CNN affiliate WLEX, "For someone who, like Stella, has been going to that church for all her life, expecting some support from them.
By the early 1960's at least 41 states had enacted such statutes at one time.
By 1967, 16 states still had anti-miscegenation laws in effect.
However, before I bite off more than is worth chewing and get my apologetic handed back to me in the form of an L on my forehead.
Has it ever been the position of the Universal Church, (not just the Honorable Rev.