Boca pastor holds anti-gay marriage services

BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - Many believe legalizing gay marriage in New York brings new life to the national gay rights movement, and it's caused one Boca Raton pastor to host services in hopes to stop that movement from coming to Florida.

Church of All Nations Pastor Mark D. Boykin held two services titled "Gay Marriage: The New Morality?" Sunday morning looking to unite those to stay vigilant against legislators who want to legalize homosexual marriage in Florida.

"For two men to live together and have carnal relations or two women to be together and have carnal relations, we believe that is a sin," Boykin said.

At Church of Our Savior, MCC they don't feel the same way.

"If two people of the same sex that are loving individuals want to get married, they should be allowed to be married," Church Rev. Renwick Bell said.

Rev. Bell said he's getting married in New York in August now that the legislation is passed.

"It's a human right," he said. "It has nothing to do with a God-sanctioned thing. Love is God-sanctioned as far as I'm concerned."

As far as Pastor Boykin is concerned this debate is a matter of religion, and, he said, people are afraid of this type of legislation being brought to Tallahassee.

"Our fear is that [legislators] will do an end around, so we want to inform our people and that there is a possibility," Pastor Boykin said. "We're going to fight it from Tallahassee all the way down to city hall."

Pastor Boykin said if this type of legislation came to Florida it would only hurt the state's children.

"You're going to have confusion," he said. "You're going to bring gender confusion to children and so no I don't feel it should be on par with a man and a woman marriage."

Rev. Bell disagrees with Pastor Boykin's feeling about homosexual marriage hurting children.

"I know gay couples that adopted and these are generally happy loving children and happy loving parents," Rev. Bell said. "I don't see a problem."

The problem is coming to an agreement, but both said they can agree on one thing.

"In Florida, if that were to come to a vote it would get pounded," Pastor Boykin said.

"Since we don't even allow gay couples to adopt in Florida, I doubt it probably in my lifetime," Rev. Bell said.

Either way, the debate continues.

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