In this era, it’s really good to hear of congregations that understand the real meaning of love.
Since 2006, Trevor Harper and Davis Covin have been going out on dates.
In the long run, Harper realized he wanted to propose to Davis. And, he also knew that it is best if he did it in front of everyone in their church.
Harper shared on YouTube that he and his boyfriend was invited to share about their story of faith in front of their congregation. So, Harper immediately dragged Covin in front of everybody.
But, there was a twist. He got down on one knee.
Because Covin didn’t like attention, he was a bit overwhelmed at the nature of the public proposal. Still, he was very happy. The entire church immediately got up to their feet and gave the couple a standing ovation. Harper shared while laughing, “I knew going into this that I was pushing it”.
Harper revealed that he started planning the proposal a couple of months ago, of course, with the help of his pastor, Rev. John Wright, who said that it was indeed a good idea. However, getting married in their church isn’t really allowed.
The United Methodist Church doesn’t allow same sex marriages to be conducted in churches by ministers. Thus, Wright just thought of his proposal as a way of honoring their relationship.
Nevertheless, Harper showed his satisfaction and gratefulness by saying, “He agreed that was a great way to let us have that moment in a place that we love”.
Now, he is sharing his story to the world with hopes that other people may soon realize that not all religions and churches ignore you because of who you are and who you love.
The pair has been active and proud members of the First United Methodist Church of Austin for two years. And being a gay couple, Harper proudly told people they have been receiving support for their relationship from the members of the congregation.
“Your lifestyle, your sexuality, your choices, who you love — they don’t define your right to search out the faith that makes you feel whole. You cant let your sexuality define your right to walk a spiritual walk,” said Harper.
By the time they get married in 2016, the couple is hoping they will be allowed to get married in church. He simply said, “We would love to walk down that aisle”.
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