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Presbyterian Minister Cleared in Weddings Case

The top court of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ruled April 29 that a lesbian minister who married gay couples didn't violate church law.


The General Assembly's Permanent Judicial Commission let California minister Jane Spahr off the hook because, it said, the weddings did not amount to legal or ecclesiastical marriages.

Spahr had previously been “rebuked” over the ceremonies by a regional judicial committee.

The demonination's ministers are allowed to bless same-sex unions as long as the ceremonies are not called marriages and don't closely resemble a traditional wedding.

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