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Tennessee church bans family after daughter wins same sex benefits from town

After 60 years of attending a Tennessee church, a family in Collegedale has been exiled because they supported their daughter while she fought for same sex benefits from the town where she worked as a police detective.

Earlier this month, Collegedale became the first city in Tennessee to offer same sex benefits after Detective Kat Cooper was initially denied health benefits for her wife, Krista. The couple was married in Maryland earlier this year.

But that victory turned out to be bittersweet because leaders at Ridgedale Church of Christ gave Kat Cooper’s mother, aunt and uncle an ultimatum during a private meeting after worship services on Sunday.

“They could repent for their sins and ask forgiveness in front of the congregation. Or leave the church,” The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported on Wednesday.

“My mother was up here and she sat beside me. That’s it,” Kat Cooper explained to reporter Kevin Hardy. “Literally, they’re exiling members for unconditionally loving their children — and even extended family members.”

Ridgedale Church of Christ Pastor Ken Willis said that something had to be done because the family was publicly endorsing homosexuality by supporting their daughter.

“The sin would be endorsing that lifestyle,” Willis insisted. “The Bible speaks very plainly about that.”

“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,” he added. “You don’t condone it. You still love them as a parent.”

Kat Cooper’s father, Hunt, said that he was devastated at having to leave the church that his family nearly founded, but the decision was simple for his wife, her brother and her sister.

“There’s no sin to repent for,” he pointed out to the Times Free Press. “And she’s not going to turn her back on her daughter.”
That "is" a church, and what a blessing from the tooth fairy this could be. This could make them see the light and come to understand that churches are evil bastards who would rather destroy a family than show tolerance and civility.

Of course, then on the other hand, the family being Americans they will most likely walk across the street and join another one where they are more desperate for collection plate profiting than they are in upholding medieval hate traditions.
Glad they put their family first, church second.

My husband has lost touch with close relatives because they did the opposite. Sucks. Then again, who wants to talk with people who would do that?