The United Methodist Church maintains marriage is between one man and one woman, yet two North Carolina pastors disregarded the stipulation to perform a ceremony for a gay couple. One, Bishop Melvin Talbert, did jail time with Martin Luther King, according to The State.
“Discrimination is discrimination, no matter where it is, and it’s wrong,” Talbert said. “I hope that what we did here yesterday will be an act of evangelism for people … who are looking for safe places to come because they don’t want to be identified with anti-gay (sentiment).”
The church is pastored by Rev. Val Rosenquist, who also performed the ceremony. “It’s just a matter of obeying our covenant with one another throughout the church, that we are to minister to all and to treat all the same. I’m just following what I was ordained to do, what I was baptized to do,” Rosenquist said. FULL REPORT