Collegedale, Tenn., became the first city in the state to offer same-sex benefits earlier this month.
This was good news for police detective Kat Cooper and her wife Krista (pictured), who were married in Maryland this year.
However, Cooper’s mother, aunt and uncle were given an ultimatum during a private meeting with the leaders of the Ridgedale Church of Christ on Sunday.
Cooper's family was told they could repent for their sin of supporting Cooper and ask forgiveness from the congregation, or the family would have to leave the church.
“My mother was up here and she sat beside me," said Kat Cooper to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. "That’s it. Literally, they’re exiling members for unconditionally loving their children and even extended family member."
"The sin would be endorsing that lifestyle. The Bible speaks very plainly about that," said Ridgedale Church of Christ Pastor Ken Willis. “But you certainly can’t condone that lifestyle, whether it’s any kind of sin, whether they’re shacked up with someone or living in a state of fornication or they’re guilty of crimes. You don’t condone it. You still love them as a parent.”
However, Willis did not cite any verses from the Bible about the third party sin of "endorsing" a "lifestyle."
“There’s no sin to repent for," said Kat Cooper’s father, Hunt. "She’s not going to turn her back on her daughter."
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press