Two female ministers with the United Church of Christ recently “wed” each other despite being warned by the father of one of the women that doing so was unbiblical. He did not attend the ceremony.
“My father would not come here because he does not believe in same-sex marriage,” Twanna Gause told the New York Times in an article published on Friday. “He told me the devil tricked me into this, and that if we had been married in biblical times, we would have been stoned to death.”
Gause and her partner Vanessa Brown both lead Rivers of Living Water United Church of Christ, which has locations in both New Jersey and New York. Both had been in relationships with men, one being previously married and the other breaking off an engagement.
The two entered into a lesbian relationship in 2005, but didn’t want to tell their parents at first that they considered each other more than just female friends. According to Gause, when she revealed the truth to her father, he confronted her with the Scriptures.
“He slammed the Bible down on a table and said to us, ‘Did you all read this book?’” she stated. “He was furious.”
Mr. Gause, a Pentecostal pastor that also has affiliation with Center of Hope Church of God in Christ, continues to hold his ground.