Methodist Church Drops Case Against Minister Who Performed Gay Son’s Wedding

ogelby-HEAD-sm A prominent United Methodist pastor who officiated at his gay son’s wedding will no longer face a church trial. Reverend Thomas Ogletree, retired dean of Yale Divinity School, was set to be tried for violating the church’s ban on performing same-sex weddings. But this week the New York bishop said the case against Ogletree has been “resolved” by mutual agreement. He also called for an end to all such trials, saying they divided the church. The settlement does not require Ogletree to stop performing same-sex marriages or to acknowledge wrongdoing. Conservative Methodists criticized the bishop’s decision, saying church law is being ignored.