Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Ogletree is a United Methodist minister and a distinguished theologian whose scholarly expertise is Christian ethics. On October 20, 2012, he presided over the wedding of his son, Thomas Rimbey Ogletree, to Nicholas Haddad. Tom describes this as “one of the most significant ritual acts of my life as a pastor.” He performed this legal wedding (in New York State) knowing that the United Methodist Church bans such ceremonies but convinced that he could not with any integrity turn down his son’s request to do it.
On October 24, 2012, a complaint was filed against him after the wedding was publicized in the New York Times wedding announcements. The complaint set in motion a disciplinary process within the church that resulted in Bishop Martin McLee referring the case to church counsel (the equivalent of a prosecutor) to draw up formal charges. The trial is set for March 10, 2014 in Stamford, Conn.
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