on Thu 14 Sep 2006 07:38 PM EDT | Permanent Link
Local Presbyterian minister Janet Edwards has been formally accused of violating Presbyterian Church law when she performed a wedding ceremony for a lesbian couple in 2005 (PG).
The Presbyterian Church (USA) permits blessing of same-sex unions as long as the service cannot be confused with a marriage ceremony. But Ms. Edwards intended this to be a marriage ceremony.
The charges, filed Tuesday by a task force that has been investigating a complaint against her for a year, accused her of "knowingly and wilfully performing a marriage ceremony for two individuals of the same sex that was contrary to the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA)."
Ledcat and I were guests at the wedding. It was a very sacred event and I feel rather sad that Janet is under fire. Sad, but not surprised.
A church court in Pittsburgh Presbytery will hear the case. Its verdict can be appealed by either side to regional and national church courts. If found guilty, Ms. Edwards faces sentences ranging from a reprimand to permanent removal from ministry.
Hurrah to Janet for not bowing to bigotry. We should all be so steadfast in our faith.
"I do not understand my action to be contrary to the constitution [of the church]. It was a fulfillment of my ordination vows. It fulfilled the instruction of the Presbyterian Church in 1978 to provide all pastoral tenderness to gays and lesbians."
KDKA's John McIntire had Janet on his radio program Wednesday night. Click here for that story.
Previous PghLesbian coverage of this issue.