NC Council of Churches to be led by open homosexual
Associated Press - 12/28/2010 7:10:00 AM
Associated Press logo small 2RALEIGH, NC - The North Carolina Council of Churches has elected an openly homosexual man as its incoming president.
The council selected 55-year-old Stan Kimer, a lay leader in the Metropolitan Community Churches -- a denomination that ministers to homosexual men and women.
The council's executive director, the Rev. George Reed, says this is the first time a southern state church council has been led by an openly homosexual person.
The state branch of the Southern Baptist Convention does not belong to the North Carolina Council of churches, but North Carolina's Roman Catholic dioceses are members. The council promotes left-leaning legislative goals on policies including immigration, guns, and the death penalty. Kimer, a retired IBM sales executive, says he wants young people more involved in inter-church activism.