RENO, Nev. — Five retired United Methodist ministers are taking a stand against their church’s rules regarding same-sex unions.
Retired Revs. John Emerson and Nadene DeWitt of Sparks and Karla Bowman of Reno announced at a news conference in Reno on Friday they’ve signed onto a covenant with 80 of their colleagues in California to perform same-sex holy unions.
Retired Revs. Bill McCord of Carson City and John Sublett of Sparks also are on board.
The retired pastors said they’re available in Nevada to perform same-sex holy unions for same-sex couples, and that pastors whose churches don’t condone the unions can refer gay and lesbian couples in their congregations to them, reported the Reno Gazette-Journal.
DeWitt said the Church’s position seems to fly in the face of its long history of being on the cutting edge of social justice.