At its annual convention, Southern Baptists voted to sever 125-year-old ties with a Texas church viewed as tolerant of gay members, the Associated Baptist Press reported.

Forth Worth's Broadway Baptist Church was booted out because it included photos of gay members in the church directory.

The Southern Baptist Convention opened Monday in Louisville, Kentucky, where an executive committee immediately convened and ruled against the church, saying that the congregation had run afoul of SBC rules that ban churches from affirming, approving or endorsing “homosexual behavior.”

Messengers (delegates) voted overwhelmingly to act on the committees' unanimous ruling.

“We are disappointed with the decision of the Southern Baptist Convention,” said Kathy Madeja, the church's deacon chair, in a statement. “Our mission at Broadway is and will continue to be consistent with the SBC's stated enterprise of reaching the world for Christ. Like other SBC churches, membership at Broadway is by acceptance of Jesus as Savior and Lord and the experience of believers' baptism by immersion.”

“We do not believe Broadway has taken any action which would justify its being deemed not in friendly cooperation with the SBC,” Madeja added. “It is unfortunate that the Southern Baptist Convention decided otherwise and has severed its affiliation with Broadway Baptist Church.”

The nation's largest Protestant denomination has been in decline since the early 80s when social conservatives gained control and began rejecting Baptist liberals and moderates, and condemned the policies of Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

Ironically, SBC President Rev. Johnny Hunt, a pastor from Georgia, believes the path back to relevance is for Southern Baptist churches to reach out to minorities. In addressing thousands of attendees Tuesday, Hunt urged member churches to engage “our brothers in ethnicity,” the AP reported.