NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A retired United Methodist Church minister accused of breaking church law by officiating his son’s same-sex wedding had his case dropped by a New York bishop Monday, just a few months after another minister was defrocked for the same thing.
The Rev. Thomas Ogletree, 80, a former dean of the Yale Divinity School, said he’s grateful the church had decided not to prosecute him for what he called “an act of pastoral faithfulness and fatherly love.”
“There’s no talk of guilt or wrongdoing or any penalty. It’s just the case goes away, which is a vindication for Tom,” Ogletree’s spokesperson Dorothy Benz told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.