Methodist Bishop Files Complaint Over Lesbian Ceremony
Bishop Melvin Talbert has "with sorrow and regret" filed a complaint against the 69 ministers who participated in a "holy union" lesbian commitment ceremony last January in Sacramento. This complaint will be brought before a committee of clergy and lay people who will investigate the charges and decide whether or not the participants should face a church trial. If convicted, the 69 ministers named in the complaint could lose their status as Methodist ministers.
Talbert is himself opposed to the church's ban on same-sex commitment ceremonies, but was forced to file the complaint based on church law. Talbert has pledged to keep speaking out against his Church's position, saying "I will uphold the law, but I will not be silenced."
The Rev. Don Fado led the ceremony uniting Jeanne Barnett and Ellie Charlton, which was attended by more than 1,000 ministers, lays leaders, lesbian and gay individuals, and others. "The fact that we had so many participate....was to make a statement to the church that it needs to re-evaluate this policy," said Fado. Ministers chanted the following blessing: "O God, our maker, we gladly proclaim to the world that Jeanne and Ellie are loving partners together for life." Fado later explained, "In our church, unfortunately, I'm allowed to come into their (Jeanne and Ellie's) home and bless their house, bless their car, bless their tractor and even bless their dog, but I am not allowed to bless them."
7/30/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Rules In Favor Of Mississippi's Last Clinic - Mississippi's last remaining abortion clinic will remain open after a the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction against HB 1390, the Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at area hospitals.
Had the court not upheld the lower federal's court's injunction, HB 1390 would have shuttered Jackson Women's Health Organization (JWHO), the state's only comprehensive reproductive health center. . . .