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Georgia pastor vows never to perform a same-sex marriage

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Jimmy Ingram is pastor of Mt. Peria Baptist Church in Ringgold. 

He’s performed over 50 marriages. 

He says vows never to perform a marriage between two people of the same-sex. 

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“It isn't biblical. The bible says: "Man and woman." He created Eve for Adam,” said Ingram.

Ingram, a supporter of house bill 757, says he stands on the Word of God.

He says Governor Deal should not have vetoed the religious liberty bill Monday. 

He believes he and others pastors could soon be sued or go to jail because they choose not to violate their conscience. 

“I’ve heard we would be penalized. This is what I’ve gotten out of workshops,” said Ingram. 

But the bill is not without supporters in North Georgia.

Lee University graduate, Joshua Rivera, praises Governor Deal's decision.

He says pastors should perform same-sex marriages.

“If they believe what the Bible says: “They can do all things through Christ who strengthens them.” There should be no reason why they can't do something, that may be hard for them,” said Rivera. 

Pastor Ingram says the church isn't here to satisfy people.

He says he's willing to go to jail for his faith.

“Regardless of what man says, I’ve come too far. I’m too old now; God has been good to me. I can't go against the word of god,” said Ingram. 

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