In the aftermath of last night’s Asheville City Council vote to support same-sex domestic-partner benefits for city employees, four local Baptist ministers held a press conference today to voice their displeasure, while saying they still welcome homosexuals into their congregations.
The conference was called by Rev. Keith Ogden, senior pastor at Hill Street Baptist Church, who spoke against the benefits resolution at the Council meeting last night. He was joined by John H. Grant of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist, James E. Roberts of Fairmont Missionary Baptist, and Jerry Young of Trinity Baptist.
Click on the video below to see Xpress’ video Ogden’s opening statement, and hear Ogden and Grant answer questions about their stance.
— Jon Elliston, managing editor