A midlevel court of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has overturned a lower court ruling and declared that an activist lesbian minister should be rebuked for conducting a same-sex wedding ceremony.
The 6-2 decision against Janie Spahr was made August 18. Spahr, 65, who was set to retire from the ministry at the end of August, said she was saddened by the decision.
While a rebuke is the denomination’s mildest form of punishment, Spahr, of San Raphael, California, told Presbyterian News Service that she would continue performing marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples—which could lead to further discipline.
“These couples and many like them have found a sacred trust in their love for each other,” she said. “This reversal of the presbytery’s decision promotes a belief that somehow this love is less than valid.”