Local Methodist pastor fired over same sex wedding

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CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – A Tennessee Valley pastor was fired last week after officiating a same-sex marriage ceremony.

Anna Golladay lost her associate pastor role at both St. Mark’s and St. Elmo United Methodist churches.

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The UMC district office for the Chattanooga area rescinded her license to preach in the Methodist church after she married two women last fall.

The Methodist Church is governed by a Book of Discipline, where same-sex marriage is forbidden.

Anna Golladay says “I understand the conflicts that people have with Biblical teaching and the teachings they follow. I also follow a New Testament Jesus who loved all and walked alongside all in spite of who they are and who they loved. And I believe that today, Jesus would be doing the very same thing.”


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The United Methodist Church is meeting next February to discuss and possibly change its stance on same-sex marriage.