Glen Cove Reverend Defying Her Church To Perform Gay Marriage

GLEN COVE, NY (WCBS 880) – When Reverend Elizabeth Simpson looks at the same sex couples every Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove, she sees lots of love.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On Long Island

Although Simpson hopes she is not defrocked, she has decided to marry one of the same sex couples next March in the church.

“I will make myself vulnerable to accusations or indictments, so to speak, from within the Presbytery,” says Simpson. “My feeling is since just recently the church changed its mind about ordaining gays and lesbian people that I think eventually that [they will] change their sense about what marriage is.”

She said the congregation approves of her decision.

“Just isn’t even a question for most of our people. ‘Of course they can get married’ kind of thing. It’s liked ‘Of course! Why not? What’s the big deal!?’,” Simpson told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall.

This coming Sunday is the first day that gay marriages will be legal in the state of New York.

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  • androshi

    i say let all the gays and lesbians get up and leave the churches behind and be a pagan!
    we dont have any laws against this -our version of god is better than their version of god-
    come with us -we will love you better!
    we dont have old books to look at just so we can throw it in your face.

    just come to us -bring your family as well.

    we dont believe in hell-we dont believe in devils or demons-thats just a make believe story to get you to stay in line and dont ask questions.

    be a pagan. our gods are better.

  • HelloNY

    Wow, people are still quoting scripture in 2011? For how “enlightened” we are supposed to be, many of you are still stuck in the stoneage. Yes, I am a Christian. However, I am not delusional when it comes to religion either. The Bible has been poked and proded since the beginning. Whole books have been added and removed since its inception. Are people really that desperate for an excuse to hate?

    Rev. Simpson, God Bless You and the work you do. You are a true example of a real Christian; loving and non-judgemental.

    • JustSaying

      Just because you can spell ‘Christian’ doesn’t make you one. It probably makes you feel good to claim to be one.

      • Dakotahgeo

        Just because you use English intelligently, doesn’t mean you are. How’s the ol’ kettle feeling now, Pot?

    • Dakotahgeo

      As a M.Div. graduate, I can tell you from first-hand experience as a minister/Chaplain that what jesus taught through his life and what the “church” has done to his teachings is nothing less that heresy. We only need to look at the Fundamentalists and the new American christian Taliban of today and know that they are just as dangerous as any outside theological terrorists.
      We need many more ministers/Christian workers like Rev. Simpson in this world… the “christian” hierarchy be damned. Blessings and peace to you and Rev. Simpson!

  • TomNJ

    If people put as much effort and concern into the economy as they do into who is holding hands with who and who is marrying who, then maybe we would have more jobs. For every well to do gay couple looking to spend thousand on weddings there are people who have to chose between rent and food. Politicians, church leaders and other community leaders think they are doing such “important” work by forcing this whole gay thing while others are in dire straights. It is like having a house on fire and calling the caterer about a wedding cake instead of 911. Look around and spend your energies on real issues.

  • TOV

    I applaud Rev. Simpson for being brave enough to speak out. As a member of the Glen Cove church, I am proud of the fact that we are an open and affirming congregation. All visitors are welcomed equally, with acceptance, love, and friendship. It works for us.

    • Barre Flynn

      I am not sure if working for you guys is the point. We should be going to church to search out what God’s intent is for marriage and not what we feel is good. Our perspectives generally get us into a bit of trouble. If God tells you murder is wrong then we cannot create laws that lessen the moral mandate. So before Simpson marries anyone she should search the Bible and make sure her Theology matches that which the Bible ordained. Otherwise being a Christian is pointless as would be going to your church.

      • Dakotahgeo

        And, errrrrrrrr…. your point is? A matter of interpretation by you or the Holy Spirit? I prefer the Holy Spirit, thank you!

    • Dakotahgeo

      I would love to be a part of your church… a Christian church in action! What a concept!
      Dakotahgeo, M.Div. Christian Pastor/Chaplain

      • Dakotahgeo

        I’m referring to the Glen Cove Presbyterian church, of course. I don’t want any misunderstandings.

  • Bored

    Ms. Simpson has a very simple option: Open her own church to accomodate her own religion. She can do it without dragging the Presbyterian Church into her personal views, even if it ordained her, and be very popular. After all, the Presbyterian Church was formed that way.

    It’s fine if people want same-sex marriage, but cut out the ooey-gooey “GAYS ARE BETTER”! There is same sex spousal/domestic abuse, infidelity, and divorce. People are people.

  • Robert

    Thank you Pastor! While the Bible and Jesus say many important things about love and family, neither explicitly defines marriage as between one man and one woman. And second, no sensible modern person wants marriage—theirs or anyone else’s —to look in its particulars anything like what the Bible describes. Look to Abraham, the great patriarch, who slept with his servant when he discovered his beloved wife Sarah was infertile? Or to Jacob, who fathered children with four different women (two sisters and their servants)? Marriage has always been evolving and thankfully so! Of course, gay and lesbian couple who love each other should be permitted to marry. Again. Thank you Pastor.

  • Gregory

    OH! who really cares, if Fred marrys Charlie or Grace marrys Barbara. In fact, no one cares if a fruitcake wants to marry the family cat in a church. Welcome to BCE. I’m waiting for the really interesting stuff: polyandry, polygamy, mix and match. That should keep the IRS busy and out of oppressive taxation for Obama’s bankruptcy agenda.

    • Dakotahgeo

      LOLOL… your comments make no sense, have no relationship to the story, but they are comical… a needed break! Thank you!

  • Thorsraven

    Thank you for really understanding the teachings of Christ. What is the point of Jesus and the New Testament if people insist that the old should remain untouched. He gave us the new one for a reason and told us to follow it. The preacher is following the path of the new and risen Christ to embrace and love.

    • Sam

      You’re out of your mind and have no idea what you are talking about.

      • Dakotahgeo

        Sorry, Sammy, but Thorshaven is right on the mark!!! You intentionally forget that Christ ROSE on the third day. You couldn’t keep him buried to start your own Old testament church again. Jesus Christ is lightyears ahead of our “Christian” thoughts and has even better things planned for his people. Are you ready for the rising up of the saints? That’s in the NEW Testament, by the way!
        Dakotahgeo, M.Div. Pastor/Chaplain

      • Dakotahgeo

        Sorry… not Thorshaven…your name is Thorsraven. My bad!

    • Barre Flynn

      Hmmm, Most of the Gospel is quotes from the Old Testament. The New Testament has no foundation without the old. In the sermon on the mount Jesus pushes the religious leaders to understand that you cannot water down God’s moral expectations as found in the OT. When you water down Biblical Morality you really get yourself into a fix. I found the one comment about the changing definition of marriage interesting. That would prove to be an interesting discussion especially where the OT guys had many wives and some pretty wild relationships.

      • olterigo

        As a Jew I have to call BS on it. Christians choose to eat pork and shellfish, though there are clear prohibitions on that too. Christians also are not opposed to clothing of mixed threads. For some reason, Christians also choose not to rest on Saturdays. (No, rest on Sunday does not count.)

  • David

    Don’t do it Reverend !…..Romans 1:25-27….Galations 6:7

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