Presbyterian Church Convicts Minister for Officiating Gay Marriages

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    Advocates for gay marriage in New Jersey got sobering news from a previously sympathetic State Supreme Court today, when it denied their attempt to get an early decision on the constitutionality of the state's Civil Union Law.

    A church court has convicted a retired Presbyterian minister of misconduct for officiating the weddings of gay couples when same-sex marriage was legal in California.
         
    A judicial commission said Friday that the Rev. Jane Spahr violated Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) doctrine when she married the 16 couples in 2008. The church's constitution defines marriage as a sacred union between a man and a woman.

    The verdict followed a 3-day trial in which Spahr's lawyers argued that her actions were inspired by Presbyterian teachings on diversity and inclusion.

    The six-member commission representing 54 Northern California churches says it plans to rebuke Spahr but not suspend her from ministerial duties.

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    A retired Presbyterian reverend is on trial this week in Napa for marrying 16 same-sex couples in 2008 when the marriages were legally recognized in California.

    Spahr and her lawyers are considering whether to appeal the ruling to a midlevel church court.