From the story: The Rev. Janet Edwards will be tried in a church court for conducting a marriage ceremony for a lesbian couple in 2005, although three of five charges against her were dismissed yesterday.
The Rev. Edwards, a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who serves at the interdenominational Community of Reconciliation in Oakland, has never denied conducting the ceremony. Denominational policy permits clergy to bless gay couples but says the ritual should not resemble a marriage ceremony. The Rev. Edwards believes that the part about not resembling a marriage ceremony is advisory, not binding. Read more…
The Permanent Judicial Commission (the equivalent of the Supreme Court within the Presbyterian Church (USA)) blew it on the recent Jane Spahr ruling. Despite the fact that Spahr stated that she was conducting a same-sex wedding, the PJC ruled that she was not conducting a same-sex wedding, because same-sex weddings are not permitted in the PC (USA). Therefore she could not be reprimanded.
Follow that twisted logic, and it becomes evident why we are losing 50,000 members a year. It may be more of the same in this case.