When Mark Rowe-Barth got married last summer, he scheduled the ceremony outside his church.
Rowe-Barth, 33, is a United Methodist. He also is gay.
Rowe-Barth said that although his pastor at the time supported his relationship, the minister's hands were tied. The United Methodist Church, like many denominations, considers homosexuality to be incompatible with Christian teachings, according to church law.
So Rowe-Barth and his fiancé wed at a local Episcopal church. His pastor attended and assisted as a friend of the couple but did not officiate the service.
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