Local pastor loses license for officiating at same-sex wedding

Local pastor loses license for officiating at same-sex wedding


UMNS (March 7, 2018) -- The Holston Conference has withdrawn the license for a local pastor who officiated at a same-sex wedding.

Anna Golladay was serving as associate pastor at St. Marks and St. Elmo United Methodist churches in Chattanooga, Tennessee, until her dismissal on Feb. 28.

Church law does not allow United Methodist pastors to officiate at same-sex weddings.

The Rev. Randy Martin, district superintendent, said he was presented with a copy of a marriage license and a photo from a same-sex wedding, including information that Golladay had officiated. When he asked her about it, she confirmed the information, which he then turned over to the conference district committee on ministry.

Golladay said she was not asked to confirm she had officiated at a same-sex wedding until after the committee had voted.

The Scenic South District committee on ministry voted to withdraw her license, Martin said.

Ordained United Methodist pastors can be brought up on charges for officiating at same-sex weddings, Martin said. Martin said no charges were brought because it was a personnel matter and Golladay admitted she had officiated at the wedding. Licensed local pastors can be charged under Paragraph 320.3 of the Book of Discipline.

Martin said Golladay is welcome to continue to be a member and be as involved in the churches’ ministries.

 

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