Methodists end case against minister who officiated at son's sam

Methodists end case against minister who officiated at son's same-sex wedding

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Methodist Rev. Thomas Ogletree at a news conference, Monday, March 10, 2014, in White Plains, N.Y. (AP photo/John Minchillo) Methodist Rev. Thomas Ogletree at a news conference, Monday, March 10, 2014, in White Plains, N.Y. (AP photo/John Minchillo)

VERENA DOBNIK | AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- The United Methodist Church has dropped its case against a retired minister accused of breaking church law by officiating his son's same-sex marriage.

The Rev. Thomas Ogletree says he's grateful his church will no longer prosecute him for presiding over his son's 2012 wedding. He says the New York ceremony was "an act of pastoral faithfulness and fatherly love."

At Monday's announcement, Bishop Martin McLee called on the church to stop prosecuting other pastors for officiating gay marriages.

The pastor who brought the complaint against Ogletree says he's "dismayed" by the decision and believes it will further divide a church that defrocked another minister last year for officiating his son's same-sex nuptials.

Ogletree is an 80-year-old ex-dean of the Yale Divinity School.

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