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January 4, 2013

The Iowa City First Baptist Church has become the first Baptist church in the state to allow same-sex couples to marry under its roof in a Christian ceremony, four years after the state legalized same-sex marriage

Iowa City’s First Baptist Church has become the first Baptist church in the US state of Iowa to perform religious marriages for same-sex couples.

The First Baptist Church as labelled itself as an ‘open and inclusive’ community for over a decade but only recently voted to join the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB) and to allow same-sex couples to wed under its roof.

June 21, 2012

Majority of religious delegates say same-sex marriage is not a civil rights issue

Thousands of Southern Baptists voted gays do not deserve to have equal civil rights yesterday (20 June).

The decision comes a day after the American religious group for the first time voted black man Fred Luter as their leader, striving to erase the organization’s legacy of racism.

The majority of delegates said same-sex marriage is not a civil rights issue, as it affects their strong Christian faith.

May 8, 2012

In sermon, Sean Harris advocated punching effeminate acting boys

Sean Harris, the Baptist pastor in North Carolina who advocated that fathers 'punch' their sons if they start to act effeminately, is suffering backlash from other Christians who say 'violence and child abuse can never be justified by the teachings of Jesus Christ.'

May 1, 2012

Sean Harris says: 'Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist' 

The pastor of a Baptist church in North Carolina had some advice for parents during his Sunday sermon this week: beat your children if they start to behave differently from their gender.

Sean Harris, senior pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayettesville, said to his congregation: 'Can I make it any clearer? Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Ok? You are not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male.'