Southern Baptist Convention Elects First Black President Fred Luter Jr., but Opposes Gay Rights

| by Michael Allen

In New Orleans, Louisiana, on Tuesday, the Southern Baptist Convention made history by electing their first African-American president, Fred Luter, Jr.

Luter Jr., who was the sole nominee, got a unanimous vote of 7,700 members to lead the predominantly white denomination.

Luter Jr. wiped away tears and responded by saying "to God be the glory for the things that He has done."

Afterwards, the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution against the idea that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue, reports the Washington Post.

Bryant Wright, who served as SBC president for the past two years, prayed: "As we think about our beginnings, as we think about how far we have come, as we think about how you have divinely called Fred Luter Jr. for this key moment in history, we just thank you for the privilege of being a part of this day and we thank you for how you are going to use Fred Luter in the days to come,"

It was less than 20 years ago when the Southern Baptist Convention apologized for condoning and perpetuating racism.

The Southern Baptist Convention was formed in 1845 out of a split with northern Baptists over the right to own slaves. Many in the  Southern Baptist Convention supported segregation.