Rev. Greg Dell of Chicago will be tried by a jury of 13 Methodist ministers next month for performing a "marriage" ceremony in which two men were united.
Charged with "disobedience to the order and the discipline" of the Methodist Church, Rev. Dell could face suspension, censure, or at worst, lose his status as a Methodist minister.
Rev. Dell's prosecutor, the Rev. Stephen C. Williams, was quoted as saying "It couldn't be clearer that Greg Dell violated his ministerial vow to uphold the church's teachings."
The charges did not come as a surprise to Dell, who said he expected his performance of the "service of holy union" would cause an uproar. He hopes that his actions will encourage serious discussion about his Church's views on lesbian and gay people.
4/17/2014 Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights - India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs.
"All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court. . . .