Here's an interesting reversal. Instead of homophobic churches breaking away from pro-gay governing bodies, as we usually read about, this church is accepting of queer people and decided to leave the state Baptist organization:
Brent Beasley, Broadway's pastor, called the break "sad" but necessary.
"We're committed to welcoming all people here, and we would not want to do anything that would be hurtful to anyone just to please the BGCT," Beasley said.
Broadway has long had openly gay members, a reality that became widely known in 2008. That's when the church had a much-publicized internal dispute over whether same-sex couples should be included in the church's photo directory.
Beasley said the church voted "without dissent" last week to leave the state's largest Baptist group. On Monday, he delivered a letter with the news to Randel Everett, executive director of the Dallas-based BGCT.
Everett said: "It is a sad day for us that we are unable to continue this relationship. I don't know of any congregation that has been more of a strategic partner to Texas Baptists than Broadway."
The national convention already cut ties with the church, and another Dallas area pro-gay church was kicked out of the state organization. They may have just seen the writing on the wall, but still it's nice that they're taking a stand on principle instead of it always being the pro-gay church that's permissive and the homophobic ones that have to take stands on "principle."
The contrary isn't possible here since this is these are the Southern Baptists, but still, it's a reminder that no religious sect or faith is uniform in its beliefs.