Group asking for 'no more church trials' for pastors who officiate same-sex marriages

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on April 29, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 29 at 5:32 PM

DALLAS -- A Christian group has delivered a petition urging the North Texas United Methodist Church not to punish pastors for officiating same-sex marriages.  

In a media release, Faithful America claimed to have gathered more than 19,000 signatures "urging no more church trials."

The group says UMC Bishop Michael McKee is considering a formal complaint against Rev. Bill McElvaney for officiating the wedding of two men.

Rev. McElvaney is a retired pastor at Northhaven United Methodist Church in Dallas. Northhaven has welcomed gays for years and in January, McElvaney announced that he would officiate the wedding of two long-time members.

Faithful America plans to delivered the petition to Bishop McKee Tuesday morning.

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