A Dallas minister says he will begin performing same-sex weddings.
Emeritus Pastor Reverend Bill McElvaney announced his decision Sunday at his church, Northaven United Methodist in North Dallas.
The move to perform same-sex weddings defies church law. However, McElvaney said the decision is based on "acceptance."
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"It's all about acceptance as human beings," McElvaney said, in part. "About not having one's worth voted on by peers who believe a few scriptural passages..."
As McElvaney is retired, the chances of punishment from the Methodist Church may be lower. The church has not commented on McElvaney's decision.
Same-sex marriage is not recognized by the State of Texas.