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From Official Wire: Presbyterian Minister Censured For Gay Weddings

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A retired Presbyterian minister who officiated at 16 same-sex weddings during the brief period they were legal in California has been censured by her denomination’s highest court.

The General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ruled in a 9-6 verdict issued Tuesday that the Rev. Jane Spahr of San Francisco deliberately violated church law when she conducted the marriage ceremonies in 2008.

Spahr, 69, who was ordained two years before she came out as a lesbian during the 1970s and subsequently went on to lead a national ministry that lobbied to have the church allow openly gay clergy as pastors, admitted marrying the couples, but argued that her actions were inspired by Presbyterian teachings on diversity and inclusion.

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