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Methodist Jury Permits Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies

A jury of 13 United Methodist clerics found Rev. Jimmy Creech not guilty of violating church rules when he performed a marriage ceremony for two lesbian parishioners. Creech has been reinstated as minister of the First United Methodist Church in Omaha.

Although the Methodist church’s “Social Principles” includes a 1996 order that ministers should not conduct same-sex marriage, jurors found that the principles are merely guidelines, rather than rules.

“I don’t know the implications of their decision,” Creech said in his sermon on Sunday, “But I believe it’s the beginning of a reversal of growing hostility and exclusion of gay and lesbians in the United Methodist Church.”

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Washington Post, AP - March 14/15, 1998