HOUSTON, Tx - Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church was praising God on a new level Sunday, as the predominantly gay and transgender congregation gathered for its first service since the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.
"This is a high holy day! If it isn't every year, Pride Sunday is a high holy day because that new level of freedom ups peoples' expectation and anticipation of God's love here and now," explained Senior Pastor Troy Treash.
That love was evident, through the newfound excitement church members shared at the 11 a.m. Service, but even more so shortly after worship wrapped up, when Pastor Treash officiated the congregation's first-ever legal gay marriage.
Rob Goins and Joe Martinez were one of the first same-sex couples issued a marriage license in Houston on Friday, and they couldn't wait to put it to use.
"There's a sense of almost surreal. This sense of accomplishment, this sense of This day is really here,” Goins said, as he tried to find the words to describe the momentous day.
Pastor Treash married the couple, who have been together 17 years, in a short and sweet ceremony, which culminated with the most important part: the signing of their Texas marriage license. It was a day the two thought may never come in their lifetime, but Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church knows Sunday's ceremony was only the first of many marriages to take place in that sanctuary.