Presbyterian minister cleared of violating church law

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Presbyterian panel in Pittsburgh has cleared a minister of violating church law.

In 2005, the Reverend Janet Edwards officiated at what the nine-member judicial commission called the "purported marriage ceremony" of two women.

The Reverend James Evans, moderator of the prosecuting committee, said Edwards defied the Presbyterian Church USA's understanding of marriage.

But the commission ruled Thursday that Edwards could not have
violated church law because neither the church nor the state of
Pennsylvania recognizes gay marriage.

The decision by the nine-member judicial commission of the Pittsburgh Presbytery was unanimous.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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