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Ohio court: Minister changes stance on gay weddings

Ohio court: Minister changes stance on gay weddings
Lucas County Courthouse in Toledo, Ohio
Lucas County Courthouse in Toledo, Ohio Joel Rossol, Wikimedia

TOLEDO, Ohio –— A northern Ohio minister who wouldn’t marry a gay couple while on duty at a county courthouse has apparently changed his stance.

Court officials in Toledo say the minister performed two same-sex marriages late last week.

The Rev. John Oliver had refused to marry a gay couple on the day in June when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the country.

A court administrator tells The Blade newspaper in Toledo that the three ministers at the Lucas County Courthouse are not county employees.

But he says they must meet certain qualifications and operate under a set of guidelines adopted by the committee that oversees rotating the ministers.

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