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.