Jane Spahr Found Guilty By Church For Marrying Gays
At the same time, however, the tribunal devoted most of its 2 1/2-page ruling to praising the 68-year-old pastor, a lesbian who founded a church group in the early 1990s for gay Presbyterians.
Spahr was acknowledged "for her prophetic ministry" and "faithful compassion. The commissioners called on the broader church to use her example "to re-examine our own fear and ignorance."
"In the reality in which we live today, marriage can be between same gender as well as opposite gender persons, and we, as a church, need to be able to respond to this reality as Dr. Jane Spahr has done with faithfulness and compassion," the ruling stated.
The six-member commission representing 54 Northern California churches censured Spahr with a rebuke as punishment
. Spahr said she was disappointed by the verdict and would appeal to a midlevel church court.