DETROIT (AP) -- A Christian leader has resigned from a Detroit church after disclosing she married a woman.
The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/16ixW19 ) that Bishop Allyson Nelson Abrams stepped down Friday from Zion Progress Baptist Church. The church's first female pastor told congregants Oct. 6 that she married a pastor affiliated with a Washington, D.C., church.
They married in Iowa, where same-sex marriage is legal.
Abrams says she resigned because she "didn't want to split the church any further" on the issue. The 43-year-old was once married to a man.
She says she's considering joining two other denominations but declined to identify them.
The Birmingham, Ala., native was ordained in 2001.
Abrams married Diana Williams, a bishop emeritus with Washington's Imani Temple African-American Catholic Congregation. It has separated from the Catholic Church.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.