According to All Christian News on Oct. 22, Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams told her church that she was married to a woman. So there would be no distraction, she also announced that she was resigning from her job as overseer of the Zion Progressive Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan.
Additionally, she resigned from her position as the co-editor of “The Baptist Progress” magazine. She also stepped down from her role as secretary of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity
It is interesting that Bishop Abrams, 43, is married to another bishop: Bishop Emeritus Diana Williams of Imani Temple of the African-American Catholic Congregational in Washington, D.C.
The two female bishops married last March and had kept their marriage a secret until rumors forced them to come forward with the truth sooner than they had planned to.
Abrams told NewsOne:
”I could have been like so many people are and lied and said it’s not true. But that’s not how I was raised and, as a Christian, I was always taught to be a truthful individual. So when it came up I said, ‘OK. I need to be honest with my congregation and tell them truth about what was a great event for me.”’
While gay marriage is a touchy subject in the church, it is even touchier in the black church, which is usually more conservative than churches in other communities.
Abrams said she plans to continue preaching, as she believes God has called her to ministry. In fact, she sees her resignation as an opportunity to enlarge her territory by sharing with others about same sex marriages especially in the black churches.
She says she and her wife complement each other very well in the best way to serve God.
Abrams was once married to a man and has three adult children.