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Well-known minister faces complaint over same-sex marriage

KCCI has learned a formal complaint has been filed against a well-known Methodist minister in Des Moines for performing a same-sex marriage.

The United Methodist Iowa Conference said it’s an issue that’s dividing the church.

For 27 years, if Methodist ministers or staff needed advice, they went to Reverend Dr. Larry Sonner. He is the founder of Pastoral Care and Counseling.

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No Excuse for Inaction

courts-gavelThere are currently 64 vacancies in the federal courts and 32 judicial nominees awaiting approval from the U.S. Senate. This is our current state of the judiciary—and it’s unacceptable. If these nominees do not get confirmed this year, they will likely have to be re-nominated. This would take away from other work the U.S. Senate should be doing, and it would be a waste of taxpayer money.

During the next month and a half—generally referred to as the “lame duck” session—it’s imperative for the U.S. Senate to keep doing the people’s business. We know that needless delays hurt Iowans and Americans across the country, who are entitled to a fully staffed judiciary that will ensure justice is served on a range of important issues, addressing clean air and water, immigration, bankruptcy, and violations of the Constitution and federal law. The judiciary needs to be staffed in order to make sure that justice is served, and served in a timely manner.

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