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Methodist Bishop Drops Trial Against Conn. Pastor Who Officiated At Son’s Gay Wedding

on March 10, 2014

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A retired United Methodist Church minister accused of breaking church law by officiating his son’s same-sex wedding had his case dropped by a New York bishop Monday, just a few months after another minister was defrocked for the same thing.

The Rev. Thomas Ogletree, 80, a former dean of the Yale Divinity School, said he’s grateful the church had decided not to prosecute him for what he called “an act of pastoral faithfulness and fatherly love.”

“There’s no talk of guilt or wrongdoing or any penalty. It’s just the case goes away, which is a vindication for Tom,” Ogletree’s spokesperson Dorothy Benz told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

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Bishop Martin McLee, who announced the decision, called on church…

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