Methodist jury acquits lesbian minister

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The filing of charges against two Unitarian Universalist ministers who performed same-sex marriages in New York state has drawn mixed reaction from religious leaders. Ministers Kay Greenleaf of Poughkeepsie and Dawn Sangrey of Bedford Hills were charged with misdemeanor counts of “solemnizing marriages without licenses” for performing same-sex weddings for 13 couples March 6 in New Paltz.

“This office fully understands, appreciates and supports the significance of separation of church and state,” said Ulster County District Attorney Donald A. Williams after filing charges on March 15. Williams said he filed charges because the clergywomen “proclaimed their intent to perform civil marriages under the authority vested in them by New York state law, rather than performing purely religious ceremonies.”


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