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New Jersey state officials have revoked the tax-exempt status of a Methodist-run seaside pavilion that church officials have said is off-limits to gay and lesbian civil union services. Lisa P. Jackson, who heads the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, withdrew the tax-exempt status for Green Acres because “it is clear that the pavilion is not open to all persons on an equal basis.” Several lesbian couples were denied permission to hold civil union ceremonies in the boardwalk gazebo overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Methodists call the open-sided structure a chapel and say civil unions conflict with Methodist doctrine.


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