A Christian leader in Detroit resigned Friday from her church after she announced that she is married to a woman.

According to The Detroit Free Press, Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams (pictured above on the left) resigned from her post as Zion Progress Baptist Church's first female pastor.

In a Sunday sermon nearly two weeks prior, Abrams, responding to rumors, acknowledged that she married Diana Williams (pictured on the right) in Iowa in March. Williams is a bishop emeritus with the Imani Temple African-American Catholic Congregation in the District of Columbia.

Abrams, 43, told the Free Press that she stepped down because the issue was dividing the church.

“I know how important it is for congregations to stay together,” she said. “I didn't want to split the church any further on this issue.”

She said that her views on love and sexual orientation “progressed … to the point where I would love whichever came to me.”

Elder Levon Yuille, pastor of The Bible Church in Ypsilanti, said that Abrams should stop preaching.

“To be in accordance with Scripture, she would have to give up that type of homosexual lifestyle,” Yuille said.

Abrams, a Birmingham, Alabama native who was ordained in 2001, added that there was “no justification” for not allowing same-sex couples to marry.

“We have same-gender couples working in every sector of society and they are not being treated fairly,” she said.