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N.Y. ministers charged for marrying gays...

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posted on Mar, 15 2004 @ 03:36 PM
Two ministers were charged with criminal offenses Monday for marrying 13 gay couples in what is believed to be the first time in the United States that clergy members have been prosecuted for performing same-sex ceremonies.

District Attorney Donald Williams said gay marriage laws make no distinction between public officials and members of the clergy who preside over wedding ceremonies.

The charges carry a fine of $25 to $500 or up to two years in jail.

Entire story here : &cid=514&e=14&u=/ap/20040315/ap_on_re_us/gay_marriage_ny_4

While I don't agree with same sex marriages ( religous beliefs) I think that the laws need to be changed to acknowledge the "union" of the same sexed couples, but don't call it marriage and it shouldn't be acknowledged by the "church".

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