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Complaint filed against retired Methodist bishop for presiding over gay wedding

Friday, March 14, 2014
Bishop Melvin G. Talbert
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A retired United Methodist bishop who performed a wedding ceremony for two Alabama men after they were refused permission to marry in the church now faces formal complaints over the ceremony. [...]

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Methodists in crisis over same-sex marriage, church law

Sunday, February 9, 2014
Matt Rourke, APFormer United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer was defrocked by church officials after he officiated his gay son's wedding in Massachusetts.
NEW YORK — The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who are presiding at gay weddings in defiance of church law against proponents of traditional marriage who are trying to stop them. [...]

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Methodist bishops plan complaint over retired bishop officiating gay wedding

Friday, November 15, 2013
Bishop Melvin G. Talbert
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. -- The United Methodist Council of Bishops on Friday said it plans to file a complaint against a retired bishop who performed a wedding for two gay men in Alabama. [...]

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Methodist bishop performs gay wedding in Ala. despite church opposition

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Joe Openshaw (right) and Bobby Prince
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A retired United Methodist bishop performed a wedding for two gay men Saturday in Alabama despite opposition from other church leaders. [...]

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Retired Methodist bishop to officiate gay wedding in Ala. despite objections

Monday, October 14, 2013
Bishop Melvin G. Talbert
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A retired United Methodist bishop from Tennessee said Monday that he will perform a wedding service for two men in Alabama despite opposition from the presiding bishop, who says the ceremony will violate church law. [...]

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