Despite church regulations forbidding marriage equality, about 40 Minnesota United Methodist clergy have signed a statement vowing to marry any couple who comes to them, including those of the same sex.
The Reverend Bruce Robbins of the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis (pictured) read the statement Wednesday at the annual Minnesota United Methodist conference, which drew approximately 900 members, WJON News reports.
According to Bishop Sally Dyck, a vow to marry same-sex couples does not in itself break church rules, but clergy who follow through could lose their clergy credentials or conference membership.
Robbins says the bishop’s warning won’t deter him from performing the ceremonies.
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