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Methodist Church Judicial Council to Rule on Same-Sex Marriage

The United Methodist Church announced that its Judicial Council, the church’s highest judicial body, will decide in August whether its ministers should be allowed to perform same-sex marriages. The church’s International Council of Bishops already issued a statement condemning the practice. The statement said, “We are committed to uphold the theological, ethical and polity matters defined in the Book of Discipline.”

The Judicial Body’s decision will come after a recent church court case in which Rev. Jimmy Creech was acquitted on charges of disobeying church law when he performed a lesbian marriage ceremony.

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AP - May 1, 1998