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Church ousts minister for supporting gays

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  • Dallas Vinson
    Church ousts minister for supporting gays Associated PressFri May 27, 5:33 PM ET SUMMARY: The West Virginia congregation of Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church
    Message 1 of 3 , May 30, 2005
      Church ousts minister for supporting gays
      Associated PressFri May 27, 5:33 PM ET

      SUMMARY: The West Virginia congregation of Davis Memorial Presbyterian
      Church has voted to fire its minister after he wrote a newspaper story
      supporting homosexuals.

      ELKINS, W.Va. -- The congregation of Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church has
      voted to fire its minister after he wrote a newspaper story supporting
      homosexuals.


      "Gay and lesbian Christians are no different than the rest of us," the Rev.
      Jeff Falter wrote in a Feb. 26 article in the Inter-Mountain of Elkins.
      "They deserve full equality in the church and in society, for they are my
      brothers and sisters, people for whom Christ died."


      That passage led members to vote 100-72 last Sunday to request that the
      Presbytery of West Virginia -- the regional governing body -- dissolve the
      church's pastoral relationship with Falter effective next Wednesday.


      Presbyterian churches across the country have struggled with what role gay
      and lesbians should have in the denomination. Last year, the legislative
      assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) narrowly rejected a measure
      that would have allowed regional governing bodies to ordain gay clergy and
      lay officers.

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