Retired Presbyterian Minister Faces Church Court for Performing Marriages of Gay Couples
March 29, 2010
As reported by Guy Kovner in The Press Democrat:
“'Here we are again,' said Spahr, 67, who was acquitted by the church's highest tribunal in 2008, capping a two-year disciplinary case that started with a trial in Santa Rosa in 2006. Spahr, who lives with her son and 6-year-old granddaughter in San Francisco, freely acknowledges the church's allegations that she married a lesbian couple in June, 2008, and 15 other same-sex couples that year.
“'This is what we are called to do,' Spahr said, asserting, as she did before, that she conducted the marriages as a 'matter of conscience.'
"But there is a new twist to the case. The 16 marriages that allegedly violate Presbyterian church law were conducted during the five-month period in 2008 when the freedom to marry was legal in California. Spahr's defender in the case, Scott Clark, said the church is 'trying to sanction a minister for performing legal marriages. This is unprecedented.'”
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