Minneapolis Church and Pastor Expelled From Denomination for Allowing Same-Sex Marriage

CBN – Last week, the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) voted to defrock a Minneapolis, Minn., pastor and expell his church from the denomination for their stance on gay marriage.

The Star Tribune reports the church’s vote ended a five-year conflict with Rev. Dan Collison and his First Covenant Church over allowing same-sex marriage.

First Covenant, an historic church located in downtown Minneapolis, was a founding member of the 134-year-old denomination.

Collison was voted out of his position by a 77 percent vote at the ECC’s annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.  It was the first time a pastor and a church have been involuntarily removed in the denomination’s history, according to the newspaper.

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