A religious leader in a gay marriage in a US state where it is legal has resigned after she was concerned it would 'divide' the church
A pastor has resigned after announcing to her congregation she is married to a woman.
Bishop Allyson Abrams, 43, stepped down from Zion Progress Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan last week.
According to the Detroit Free Press, she told her congregation she married her wife Diana Williams in March in Iowa – a state where same-sex marriage is legal.
Having served as a pastor for five years, she chose to resign because she did not want to cause a divide within the church.
‘It really hurts me because I don’t want to be the reason for the church to split, and potentially for family members to be at odds with one another,’ she said.
‘Therefore, I felt that it was in the best interest of everyone to resign.’
Abrams, who was previously married to a man, said she does not identify as gay.
‘I wasn’t just open to [a specific] gender, I was open to love in whatever way the Lord would bless me,’ she said.
The former pastor has also resigned from positions at other faith-based organizations, stepping down as secretary for the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity.
But while she will not be leading a flock any time soon, she does plan to lead a church in the future. ‘God has called me to pastor,’ she said.
Her resignation comes days after a federal judge heard arguments in a case challenging Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. A trial begins in February.