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Minister on Trial
Again for Marrying Lesbian Couple

Minister on Trial
Again for Marrying Lesbian Couple

A minister who officiated a same-sex wedding will face a Presbyterian court, two years after the initial charges against her were dropped because of a technicality.

A minister who officiated a same-sex wedding will face a Presbyterian court, two years after the initial charges against her were dropped because of a technicality. USA Today reports that the Reverend Janet Edwards will be tried by the Permanent Judicial Council of the Pittsburgh Presbytery for conducting a wedding for a lesbian couple in 2005. In her 2006 trial, prosecutors missed a deadline to file charges, so the case was dropped. The Reverend James Yearsley of Tampa, Fla., has refiled the suit against Edwards, and seven other church officials joined the complaint as "co-accusers," according to Presbyterian News Service.

The Presbyterian Church (USA) allows ministers to officiate at same-sex ceremonies as long as they are not recognized as full-on marriage, according to the report. Edwards says that the church's guidelines are not binding laws but rather recommendations.

"I am trying really hard to speak clearly about how what I did reflects Jesus' love and justice, and so I hope the Permanent Judicial Council acquits me," Edwards told USA Today. (The Advocate)

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