A South Floridian church that once hosted a gay wedding has decided to end its gay-pride ceremony for the season, saying it is no longer comfortable with the way it is being held.
According to a statement posted on the church’s website on Wednesday, the decision to end the event came after months of pressure from a gay-rights group and a local judge.
The church of Grace Family Church in Boca Raton, Fla., announced that it will no longer be holding its first-ever Christmas celebration for gay couples this season, the church said in a statement Wednesday.
“The church did not feel comfortable with how this event was being held, and so it decided to take a hard look at how we are going to be hosting this year’s celebration,” the statement read.
“While we appreciate the many people who have supported us through this difficult time, it is not our intent to celebrate as a church.”
The church said it will hold the ceremony in a new location, but that it is still going to hold the event.
“We do not believe it is appropriate for the church to conduct a same-gender wedding ceremony at this time, and we believe that there is no place for that in our faith,” the church stated in the statement.
A gay-friendly version of the same-gendered ceremony, which had been held for decades, was hosted at the church last year and was later canceled due to the backlash against it.
In December, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, which bans federal recognition of same-race marriages, violates the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians.
The justices ruled that marriage equality is a matter of “the states, not the federal government.”
“This is a decision made by a judge,” the Rev. Mark Starnes, who heads the church, told the Orlando Sentinel in December.
“I think it is time for the courts to have some input in this.
It has to be for the people of Florida.”