Nebraska Clergy to Celebrate Covenant Service
- THREE MORE CLERGY IN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ANNOUNCE PLANS TO HOLD SAME SEX
Press Release: May 11, 2000 Media Contact: Laura Montgomery Rutt
For Immediate Release 717-627-7180
`NEBRASKA CONFERENCE CLERGY CHALLENGE CHURCH POLICY ON HOLY UNIONS
Cleveland - A clergyman in the Nebraska Conference of the United Methodist
Church announced today that he plans to perform a union ceremony for two men
in Omaha, Nebraska on June 3, 2000. The announcement came on the day in
which the General Conference of the United Methodist Church voted to
maintain the prohibition against minister conducting same sex union
The Reverend Mark Roland Kemling, an ordained elder in The United Methodist
Church, stated that he had agreed earlier this year to perform the ceremony.
At least two other ministers in the Nebraska Conference have agreed to
stand with him during the ceremony, to offer their support.
"I was greatly disappointed that The United Methodist Church would decide to
continue its discriminatory policies," stated Rev. Kemling. "It is my
belief that we should be extending the full ministry of the church to all
people, no matter of who they love."
United Methodist Church policy prohibits ministers from performing union
ceremonies of couples of the same sex. Rev. Jimmy Creech, who was also from
Nebraska, was recently defrocked for celebrating a union ceremony for two
"I am performing this covenant between two people who love one another
because I am called to be in ministry with all people," declared Rev.
Kemling. "Change doesn't come without conflict. The church is
discriminating against loving relationships, and I need to stand up for the
integrity of my beliefs. This issue isn't settled yet."
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