Presbyterian minister censured for gay weddings

The Presbyterian Church’s highest court has officially censured a retired minister who officiated at same-sex weddings in 2008 during the brief period they were legal in California, the AP reports.

The Rev. Jane Spahr of San Francisco was convicted of violating church law after a 2010 trial. She appealed the decision to higher church courts and ultimately lost that battle before the General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission in San Antonio, Texas. 

The commission released its verdict Tuesday.

Spahr admitted marrying 16 same-sex couples in 2008 but argued that her actions were inspired by Presbyterian teachings on diversity and inclusion.

The commission previously has ruled that clergy may bless same-sex unions but may not perform weddings.

The church’s General Assembly is expected to take up the issue of ministers officiating at same-sex weddings again this summer.


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