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January 4, 2011 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
The first time the Rev. Jane Adams Spahr was brought to trial by the Presbyterian Church, the prosecutor in the 1992 case likened her to an "addictive gambler," a "confirmed bank robber" and a "habitual child abuser. " The third time she was brought to trial, by the church she loves and refuses to leave, a religious tribunal found her guilty of violating the Presbyterian constitution. But then several of its members apologized to Spahr, and their decision admonished not the faithful minister but the faith itself.
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May 16, 2012 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
SAN ANSELMO, Calif. — Days after President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, the Presbyterian Church's Northern California governing body refused to rebuke a retired minister for marrying gays and lesbians when it was legal in California. The Presbytery of the Redwoods, which governs churches from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border, voted 74 to 18 Tuesday to reject the church's official denunciation and instead support the Rev. Jane Adams Spahr, who had been found guilty by an ecclesiastical court of violating the Presbyterian Constitution and her ordination vows for marrying 16 same-sex couples.
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August 27, 2010 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
A retired minister who officiated at more than a dozen same-sex marriages when such unions were legal in California was found guilty Friday of violating the Presbyterian constitution and her ordination vows for performing those ceremonies. After a four-day church trial that was equal parts Scripture lesson and celebration of marriage, a panel of leaders from the Presbytery of the Redwoods voted 4 to 2 that the Rev. Jane Adams Spahr should be censured because she "persisted in a pattern or practice of disobedience.
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February 22, 2012 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Francisco and San Antonio, Texas -- A retired Presbyterian pastor who spent her career ministering to gay men and lesbians has been censured by her denomination for marrying same-sex couples during the brief time such unions were legal in California. The Rev. Jane Adams Spahr lost her final appeal before the highest court in the Presbyterian Church (USA), which released its opinion Tuesday. The tribunal ruled that the 69-year-old lesbian had violated the church's constitution and her ordination vows when she officiated at the unions of 16 couples and called them marriages.
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August 24, 2010 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
A lesbian minister, who officiated at more than a dozen same-sex weddings during the brief window gay marriage was legal in California, goes to trial Thursday before a Presbyterian court, charged with violating her denomination's constitution. The case of the Rev. Jane Adams Spahr has gained national attention because "what is being tested is the definition of marriage" in the Presbyterian faith, said the Rev. Carmen Fowler, president of the Presbyterian Lay Committee, a conservative organization that opposes same-sex marriage.
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May 16, 2012 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
SAN ANSELMO, Calif. — Days after President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, the Presbyterian Church's Northern California governing body refused to rebuke a retired minister for marrying gays and lesbians when it was legal in California. The Presbytery of the Redwoods, which governs churches from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border, voted 74 to 18 Tuesday to reject the church's official denunciation and instead support the Rev. Jane Adams Spahr, who had been found guilty by an ecclesiastical court of violating the Presbyterian Constitution and her ordination vows for marrying 16 same-sex couples.
SPORTS
February 20, 1992
Canyon High football players Chris Spahr and Craig Reiter have made commitments to play football next season at four-year colleges. Spahr, a three-time All-Golden League selection at three positions, received an appointment to West Point, where he plans to try out for the team. Spahr (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) played tight end, receiver and linebacker. Reiter, also a three-year letterman, orally committed to play at UC Davis, which competes at the NCAA Division II level.
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August 2, 1992 | Associated Press
A Presbyterian judicial commission Friday affirmed the appointment of a lesbian minister to a Rochester congregation. The appointment of the Rev. Jane Spahr as co-pastor of the Downtown United Presbyterian Church had been challenged by 10 upstate New York churches, which took their complaint to the 10-member Permanent Judicial Commission of the Synod of the Northeast. The commission ruled 9-1 in support of Spahr's appointment.
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May 24, 1996 | PAIGE LEECH
In other Division I games: Camarillo 1, Pacifica 0 (10 innings)--Jefflyn Spahr scored from second base on a throwing error in the bottom of the 10th as fourth-seeded Camarillo (23-2-1) advanced to play Foothill on Tuesday. Pacifica (26-4), which started seven underclassmen and four freshmen, played error-free ball through 9 1/3 innings.
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January 11, 1992 | From Associated Press
The appointment of the Presbyterian Church's first openly homosexual pastor is being challenged by a group of upstate New York churches. The Rev. Jane Spahr, who runs a ministry serving homosexuals and people with AIDS in San Francisco, was affirmed this week as co-pastor of the Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester. The position is effective April 1.
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January 4, 2011 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
The first time the Rev. Jane Adams Spahr was brought to trial by the Presbyterian Church, the prosecutor in the 1992 case likened her to an "addictive gambler," a "confirmed bank robber" and a "habitual child abuser. " The third time she was brought to trial, by the church she loves and refuses to leave, a religious tribunal found her guilty of violating the Presbyterian constitution. But then several of its members apologized to Spahr, and their decision admonished not the faithful minister but the faith itself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2010 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
A lesbian minister, who officiated at more than a dozen same-sex weddings during the brief window gay marriage was legal in California, goes to trial Thursday before a Presbyterian court, charged with violating her denomination's constitution. The case of the Rev. Jane Adams Spahr has gained national attention because "what is being tested is the definition of marriage" in the Presbyterian faith, said the Rev. Carmen Fowler, president of the Presbyterian Lay Committee, a conservative organization that opposes same-sex marriage.
SPORTS
February 20, 1992
Canyon High football players Chris Spahr and Craig Reiter have made commitments to play football next season at four-year colleges. Spahr, a three-time All-Golden League selection at three positions, received an appointment to West Point, where he plans to try out for the team. Spahr (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) played tight end, receiver and linebacker. Reiter, also a three-year letterman, orally committed to play at UC Davis, which competes at the NCAA Division II level.
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January 9, 1993 | From Times Wire Services
Rebuffed in attempts to hire a lesbian as co-pastor, a Presbyterian congregation in Rochester, N.Y., is planning to send her around the country as an evangelist challenging the church's stand on homosexuality. The Rev. Jane Spahr, a lesbian who works as a counselor at a ministry to homosexuals in San Anselmo, Calif., is renowned in Presbyterian circles for the Rochester congregation's fight to have her as a pastor.
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