Howard Hanger of Asheville, N.C., announced Sunday that he
will be turning in his ordination to the United Methodist
Church. The Asheville
that he told the congregation of Jubilee! Community, a
nondenominational church that draws about 500 people
for Sunday services, that his decision was due to his
disagreement with the denomination over its refusal to
recognize same-sex unions.
Hanger joins pastors Joe Hoffman and Mark Ward
in protesting institutional stances on same-sex
marriages. Hoffman, pastor of the 200-member First
Congregational United Church of Christ, and Ward, who
leads the 540-member Unitarian Universalist Church (both of
Asheville), have announced in recent weeks that they
would no longer perform civil marriage ceremonies for
North Carolina until the state recognizes same-sex marriages.
Hanger said he wanted his congregation and the
many couples whose weddings he is slated to perform to
know that his decision will not affect his ability to
officiate at weddings. (Sirius OutQ News)
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