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NY: Presbyterian Minister to Defy Church, Gay Couple

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

A Presbyterian minister on Long Island is bucking church protocol by saying she will marry same-sex couples.

The Rev. Elizabeth Simpson of the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove told WCBS radio that she will marry one of the same-sex couples that attend the church next March.

“I will make myself vulnerable to accusations or indictments, so to speak, from within the Presbytery,” she said, according to the radio station. Simpson further added that the congregation approves of the decision and that it “isn’t even a question for most of our people.”

Full Story from the Christian Post

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CA: Retired Presbyterian Minister Prosecuted by Church Again for Gay Weddings

Monday, March 29th, 2010

The Rev. Jane Spahr, a retired Presbyterian minister, faces prosecution by her own church – for the second time in four years – for officiating in the marriages of same-sex couples. “Here we are again,” said Spahr, 67, who was acquitted by the church’s highest tribunal in 2008, capping a two-year disciplinary case that started with a trial in Santa Rosa in 2006.

Spahr, who lives with her son and 6-year-old granddaughter in San Francisco, freely acknowledges the church’s allegations that she married a lesbian couple in June, 2008, and 15 other same-sex couples that year.

“This is what we are called to do,” Spahr said, asserting, as she did before, that she conducted the marriages as a “matter of conscience.”

Full Story from the Press Democrat

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