The Christian church and gay marriage supporters don’t always get along, but when they do it can be a beautiful thing. A Methodist congregation in Austin, Texas applauded and gave a standing ovation to a same-sex couple after they got engaged in church. Prior to sharing their faith story, Trevor Harper got down on one knee and asked Davis, his partner of nine years, to be his husband. Harper says that First United Methodist Church changed his life and the congregation has become like family to him.
Harper writes on YouTube:
We were asked to share our faith story in front of our congregation at First United Methodist Church of Austin. This is a church that has welcomed us and changed our lives. All are welcome, no exceptions. As members of this incredible church family we have grown as Christians, individuals, and as a couple.
After 9 years together, I couldn’t think of a better way to ask him to be my husband. Your sexuality does not define your right to live a spiritual, Christ-filled life. We are instructed to love and it is that simple. We are blessed beyond our wildest imagination.
First United Methodist Church of Austin welcomes “people of all sexual orientations and gender identities,” according to their website. The church also participates in the Austin Pride Parade and stresses an all-inclusive policy stemming from the idea that God loves all humans.
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