Alex Blaze

Church trial

Filed By Alex Blaze | August 24, 2010 7:30 AM | comments

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"More and more ministers are going to be put in a position where their church members are going to come to them asking for a wedding, and they're going to have to say yes. Not to do so would violate many constitutional provisions about non-discrimination in pastoral care."

--Rev. Beverly Brewster, Jane Adams Spahr's defense attorney in church proceedings. Spahr is a lesbian minister in the Presbyterian Church who performed same-sex weddings in California

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Just to clarify, I assume attorney Brewster is referring to a constitution within the Presbyterian denomination. I don't think the U.S. Constitution would compel a clergy person to perform a wedding in violation of the church's canon laws. The Prop 8 case and similar suits are about the right to civil marriage, not church marriage.