Orland Park Pastor Reneges on Decision to Officiate Gay Marriage in Church

Pastor Caleb Hong cannot grant a same-sex couple their happily ever after, after all—at least not inside his church.

An Orland Park pastor who said he would officiate the wedding for a same-sex couple in his parish has now said he cannot follow through. 

Faith United Methodist Church Pastor Caleb Hong said he should not have agreed to preside over the marriage of Ann and Holly Cook-Graver without first talking to church leadership, Sun-Times Media reports. He referred to his original decision as a "mistake." 

Hong agreed to the ceremony in December, but told the couple otherwise in March, according to the report. Hong said he spoke too soon, and that the church's governing literature known as the The Book of Discipline sets the guidelines for clergy's behavior. 

“It was with great regret that I informed Ann and Holly that I could not preside at their wedding in the church building,” Hong said in a written statement to Sun-Times Media. “I grieve the pain and turmoil that I have caused their family."

In November, Illinois became the 18th state to recognize gay marriage rights. The bill goes into effect June 1; Cook County, however, began issuing licenses for same-sex marriages in February.

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Israel Shuvee May 18, 2014 at 08:15 PM
Good! about time standing up against the life destroying style of gay marriage! gays/pedophiles/zoophiles/westboro all wrong!
Less Bias May 19, 2014 at 03:16 PM
Seriously? You perceive a consensual adult relationship to be equivalent to pedophilia? Aside from the prejudice brought on by folks like you, please explain how same-sex marriage is "life destroying".


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