– lesbian Pastors Twanna Gause and Vanessa Brown have tied the knot in new Jersey
– The two women met as teenagers and became best friends
– They were both from strict Christian families and never thought they would be more than friends.
– They both said they tried relationships with men which failed
– They took their friendship to the next level in 2005.
– 12 years after they first expressed their ‘true feelings’ to each other they got married
– Pastor Gause’s father does not support the relationship and didn’t attend the wedding
Two black American lesbian pastors, Twanna Gause and Vanessa Brown, tied the knot on August 24th at the New Vision Full Gospel Baptist Church in East Orange, New Jersey.
Gause’s father, Mr. Gause, citing “differences in theological beliefs,” refused his daughter’s invitation.
“My father would not come here because he does not believe in same-sex marriage,” Ms. Gause said. “He told me the devil tricked me into this, and that if we had been married in biblical times, we would have been stoned to death.”
Ms. Brown, 46, and Ms. Gause, 45 , are both pastors of Rivers of Living Water United Church of Christ.
Once upon an Amazing Grace, two choir girls met at a church in Jersey City as teenagers. At that time Pastor Gause was 16 and Pastor Brown 18. Gause said she felt an initial attraction towards her now wife, but for Brown, it took a while. The two have now come a very long way since their meeting many years ago.
Both women grew up in strict families and never thought a time would come when they would get married. The two became bestfriends but separated in 1990 when Gause called Brown to say that her father was moving the family to Atlanta.They however kept in touch all the while despite seeing and even marrying other people.
By May 2005, Ms. Brown’s first marriage was over. Later that year, Ms. Brown invited Ms. Gause to give a guest sermon at Oasis of Love, a church in Harlem where she served as an associate pastor.
They went to dinner and it was then Ms. Gause expressed her true feelings for the first time. From then on Ms. Brown began seeing her old friend through “a different set of eyes,” as she put it. That night after dinner they ‘kissed’ for the first time and they both thought it was “well worth the wait.”
They began dating long distance in 2006. Two years later they decided to share their relationship with Ms. Gause’s father but he didn’t accept the news well, and many years later didnt attend their wedding which held on 24th August 2017.
The couple however had the support of their mothers and went ahead to have the wedding of their dreams.