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An all-white church in America's rural South has voted to ban interracial couples from joining. Members of the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church in Kentucky voted for the resolution after their Sunday service, which says the church 'does not condone interracial marriage'. The church member who crafted the resolution, Melvin Thompson, claims he is not racist and called the matter an 'internal affair'. 'I am not racist. I will tell you that. I am not prejudiced against any race of people, have never in my lifetime spoke evil' about a race, said Thompson, the church's former pastor who stepped down earlier this year. 'That's what this is being portrayed as, but it is not.' Church secretary Dean Harville disagrees, saying the resolution came after his daughter visited the church this summer with her boyfriend from Africa.