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Updated: 07/24/2013 2:38 PM
Created: 07/22/2013 10:30 AM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Jennie Olson

Minn. Churches Prepare for Gay Wedding Decisions


Photo: MGN Online

Minnesota churches are deciding whether or not to perform gay marriage ceremonies with Minnesota's law about to change.
    
Gay marriage becomes legal Aug. 1. Minnesota Public Radio News reported Monday that United Methodist Church ministers in the state can't perform same-sex weddings without defying church law.
    
Roger Lynn, a retired Methodist pastor in the Brainerd area, says that's disappointing. Lynn performed a wedding ceremony in 1971 for two Minneapolis men whose legal fight to get married was among the nation's first. But after Lynn's actions were publicized, the United Methodist Church defined marriage as between a man and woman only.
    
That church rule still stands today. Lynn says he had always hoped to perform more weddings for same-sex couples.
    
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