The pastor at a small Kentucky church says he has nullified a vote by parishioners that banned interracial couples from the church.

“As far as I’m concerned and the church is concerned, this case will be closed as of tomorrow,” Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church pastor Stacy Stepp said Saturday, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. “We will … get back on the right track and continue to win souls for the Lord.”

Stepp, who said he opposed the vote, declared it null and void after approaching the Sandy Valley Conference of Free Will Baptists, which consists of 13 Pike County churches.

The conference met Saturday and released a statement saying it had reviewed the situation and concluded that the vote was of no effect because it “was not carried out in accordance with” Robert’s Rules of Order, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader, and would therefore require a change in the church bylaws.

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