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Dallas Pastor Says He'll Defy Church Doctrine to Perform Gay Marriage Ceremonies: VIDEO


Rev. Bill McElvaney, a Methodist pastor who led the congregation at Northaven United Methodist Church  in Dallas for 40 years, is speaking out for marriage equality and says he'll officiate gay marriage ceremonies despite the church's directives against it, WFAA reports.

"I think we need to take this position. It is long overdue in the United Methodist Church...This is a justice matter, but it's not just an issue. It's about people; it's about people being loved and accepted, and about the church being what it's called to be."

McElvaney could lose both his pension and his credentials by officiating at marriages for gay couples.


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  1. Good man! Keep it up, moreplz.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 23, 2014 11:10:34 AM

  2. If he's denying church doctrine then he isn't part of the church anymore.

    The United Methodist church is a private religious order. If he wants to make a difference he shoukd publically renounce the church and join one of the ones that have no problem with gay marriage and aren't misrepresenting and or misinterpreting the bible as an excuse for discrimination.

    He picked the wrong church. He should leave.

    Posted by: stevetalbert | Jan 23, 2014 11:15:41 AM


    That you seek to keep people from God pretty much seals your eternal fate if you believe one god-damned word of that silly, ridiculous fairy-tale of a bible you use as a booster seat.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 23, 2014 11:30:17 AM

  4. No, he shouldn't leave. He's making a difference by staying (in a church that has "welcomed gays for years") and taking a stand. This is how change (eventually) comes about. He's perfectly willing to take the consequences of his actions, so in fact he's exactly in the right church.

    Bravo, Rev. Bill!

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 23, 2014 11:30:48 AM

  5. What @Ernie said!

    'It's about the church being what it's called to be'
    Never heard it said better, Reverend. Thank you.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Jan 23, 2014 11:41:12 AM

  6. The fact that he's willing to put his pension at risk for this speaks volumes about his commitment to this issue.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Jan 23, 2014 11:47:17 AM

  7. After 40 years he still doesn't qualify for a pension? Let's say he retires now, will he get his pension or not?

    If he does qualify for the pension, he would still get it even if fired. The MC does not get to change pension law because of it's "religious trials".

    Posted by: anon | Jan 23, 2014 12:05:15 PM

  8. This is the third case like this recently: the Methodist Church government is taking the worst possible position for its future: kick out your nicest most popular ministers, and keep the most awful ones! yeah, that'll bring in the kids….

    Rev. Bill McElvaney THANK YOU for emulating the values of Jesus Christ instead of the "Christian" leaders in your Church.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Jan 23, 2014 12:28:08 PM

  9. good for him!

    Posted by: reality | Jan 23, 2014 12:58:53 PM

  10. I am gay person who left the United Methodist Church almost 50 years ago, over the statement in The Book of Discipline which still constitutes the teaching of the church. The statement is evil and has done harm to many gay and questioning youth and adults. I fail to see how any ordained member of the United Methodist Church can claim to be providing ministry to gay people with any degree of honesty.

    Posted by: deke | Jan 23, 2014 1:22:48 PM

  11. (Not the same person as the one posting as Bill above)

    The article Towleroad linked to said he was retired, so they can't even fire him. At worst, they can remove his credentials. The article did not say they could take away his pension. If they
    tried, even if they could somehow get away with it, it would cause public outrage - you don't go after elderly, frail-looking retirees.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 23, 2014 1:24:54 PM

  12. What a wonderful reminder that activists are not just angry youngsters shouting and marching with signs. In the end, all change comes down to individuals resisting the status quo, taking risks, rising to a challenge, speaking out. In this case, the UM church has no power to prevent Rev. McElvaney officiating marriages (if Texas law on the matter resembles that in my state, anyone can officiate as long as the couple have a proper marriage license). It devolves to the mystical "blessing of 'god'/ the church" which may or may not mean something to the couple.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Jan 23, 2014 2:25:37 PM

  13. "SERIOUSLY" reinforces an excellent point. Prophets seldom arise to say "Right on, guys! You're doing great! Keep up the good work!" No. Prophets come to tell us when and how we fall short of our ideals, to tell us how and why we should change. Rev. McElvaney and his brothers and sisters in dissent come to us as prophets to disturb a too self-satisfied status quo.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Jan 23, 2014 2:32:39 PM

  14. DEKE, your comment isn't fair. There are many, many, pastors in the United Methodist Church providing ministry to gay people with many degrees of honesty. I mean, that's exactly the point of this pastor in Texas taking a stand. And of Rev. Frank Schaeffer being defrocked. And of Rev. Thomas Ogletree currently facing a church trial for performing a gay marriage. And of the many United Methodist pastors and churches around the country who are standing up to and defying UMC rules. To say they are being dishonest is not only unfair, it doesn't make any sense. You may argue that these folks might be more at home in a more liberal denomination, but to say they are not being "honest" really shows a lack of understanding of what is going on.

    Posted by: Sam | Jan 23, 2014 2:50:11 PM

  15. ANON, he is already retired. If he lost his pension, it would be an immediate hit.

    Posted by: scooternva | Jan 23, 2014 6:35:22 PM

  16. I have read them many many times (which is more than I can say for most of the "moral majority") and he is doing EXACTLY what the Jesus of the four Gospels would do! This man is a saint.

    Posted by: David | Jan 23, 2014 7:38:10 PM

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