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