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.
7/27/2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood - An attempt in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell as out of order.
Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of two heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge. . . .
7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .