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Lesbian Couple Will Lead Washington, D.C., Baptist Church

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A lesbian couple will take on the role of co-pastors of Washington, D.C.’s Calvary Baptist Church.

Calvary Baptist Church members unanimously voted in Rev. Maria Swearingen and Rev. Sally Sarratt as senior ministers and co-pastors after worship last Sunday, according to the church’s website.

Church spokeswoman Carol Blythe, quoted in Religion News, said, “We look for the best people in the world and that’s who they were. We’re very excited.”

The Southern Baptist Calvary Church has had a long tradition of bucking bigoted social conventions. It was founded by abolitionists during the Civil War and became the first white church in Washington, D.C. to admit a black member in 1955.