Trial Set For California Minister Who Officiated At The Legal Marriages Of Same-Gender CouplesRev. Dr. Jane Adams Spahr

On August 24, 2010, the Redwoods Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will put Rev. Dr. Jane Adams Spahr on trial for officiating at the marriages of same-gender couples during the period in which the state of California legally recognized these marriages, June 17, 2008 through November 3, 2008.

The constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mandates inclusion within the life of the church and has no express prohibition against same-gender marriage.

Rev. Spahr, who has been an ordained Presbyterian minister for 36 years, could face suspension from ministerial duties. Rev. Spahr says that: “to turn my back on the love and life-long commitments of these wonderful couples would have gone against my faith, the ministry where I was called, and most of all, against God’s amazing hospitality and welcome where love and justice meet together.”Kate Morrison and Curran Reichert

In addition to Rev. Spahr, eleven couples will testify during the trial proceedings.

The Trial, to be held by the Permanent Judicial Commission (PJC) of the Redwoods Presbytery, will be held at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Napa, California on the morning of Tuesday, August 24, and is open to the public. Follow trial updates at


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