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April 14, 2014

We Did: Stories of United Methodists living marriage equality
By Rev. Andie Raynor

As I drove to the home where the wedding was to take place, I was a little nervous—not because I was officiating a marriage ceremony between two women, but rather because I had my small children in tow.  And the reason I was nervous about bringing the children had nothing to do with the couple getting married; it had everything to do with the fact that my very active [...]

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A gay Disney wedding

We Did: Stories of United Methodists living marriage equality
By Rev. Ted Gault

I was a local preacher in a big church in Rochester, Minnesota.  Late one afternoon a couple came into the church office asking to be married that evening.  The pastor was on vacation and the associate pastor had another engagement and so I presided over my first wedding in the near-empty nave of a church that had a resident bat in its belfry. It was July 1951. I have [...]

The eyes of God

We Did: Stories of United Methodists living marriage equality
By Rev. Dr. Julie Faith Parker

“Okay, I’ll officiate at your wedding again,” I told my lifelong friend Josephine—then added with mock seriousness, “But two’s my limit!”

Josephine (called Jo by those who knew her) and I were in our thirties.  We had been the best of friends ever since our kindergarten class in P.S. 44 on Staten Island.  When I was seven years old, my family moved to Long Island, because my father, [...]

Ethics demanded that risk

We Did: Stories of United Methodists living marriage equality
By Rev. Toby Gould

The two honorary uncles of our teenage children were Dewey and Larry. The remarkable couple, known internationally in their respective fields, became part of our family during those crucial years of growth and exploration for both Bryan and Susan. As music director at the church I served, Dewey taught me respect and appreciation of gay people’s perspectives.

During the early 90s, as the United Methodist Church increased its discrimination against [...]


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