A swingers club is planning to convert to a swingers church in Madison, Tennessee.
The swingers club recently tried to open before city and state moralists moved swiftly to ban it. So the owners now plan to open a church that caters to their club members. The United Fellowship Center will honor memberships from The Social Club,
according to a member newsletter:
It's going to be a place where people can meet and enjoy fellowship. There is no sexual activity that will go on there. I assume if someone meets there and wants to do something of a sexual nature, they'll go to a hotel or a motel or go home.
A church renovation plan was approved through the city's review process, allowing a work permit to be issued, although other inspections are yet to come. Floor plans for the club, and now for the church, show the same room layout with several label
changes. The club's themed dungeon room will now be for the choir. A dressing room has become the sacristy.
The move comes after state lawmakers tried to ban private sexual swinging clubs by dreaming up restrictions preventing them from locating within 1,000 feet of schools, churches, daycares or parks or commercial areas.
Metro Zoning Administrator Bill Herbert said the department takes applicants at their word, so inspectors are treating the building as a church. As long as the United Fellowship Center is in compliance with codes, it will receive permission to operate.