Bishop Melvin Talbert

November 7, 2013

Bishop Talbert is the story of growing acceptance of LGBT people in mainline churches

Just last week GLAAD shared the story of retired bishop Melvin Talbert who presided at the wedding of Joe Openshaw and Bobby Prince in defiance of North Alabama Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett.

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October 28, 2013

Methodist Bishop defies Alabama Bishop and will preside at gay couple's wedding

Retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert arrived in Birmingham Alabama on Friday to preside at the wedding of Joe Openshaw and Bobby Prince on Saturday. It will be the first public marriage of a gay couple presided over by a United Methodist bishop.

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Bishop Targeted for Leading the United Methodist Church Toward LGBT Inclusion

Bishop Melvin Talbert stood in front of a crowd of about 200 supporters of full inclusion on May 4 and called for United Methodists to join him in performing pastoral duties to gay and lesbian people, including enacting marriages. Bishop Talbert’s call for what he called “An Act of Biblical Obedience” has now resulted in letters from opponents of LGBT equality asking the United Methodist Church to censure Bishop Talbert. A handful of other bishops who stood with Bishop Talbert have also been targeted by the anti-LGBT group.
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