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Group ousts leader over gay wedding

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- The New Brunswick Theological Seminary has ousted its president and reprimanded him for officiating at his lesbian daughter's wedding.

The Rev. Norman Kansfield, 64, performed the ceremony in Massachusetts, which last year became the first state to sanction same-sex marriage.

He could face a church trial this year.

In a letter sent shortly before the June 19 wedding, Kansfield informed the board of his decision to officiate, and said he was not seeking its permission. His daughter, Anne, married her partner, Jennifer Aull.

The board voted Jan. 28 not to renew Kansfield's contract.

''We decided that the president had put the seminary in an awkward position by performing that ceremony without giving us the benefit of offering sufficient counsel," the Rev. Larry Williams Sr., a board member, told The Star-Ledger of Newark in a story published yesterday.

Kansfield said he had not done anything to hurt his denomination, the Reformed Church of America.

''People presume I have been on a crusade," he said. ''In point of fact, I'm a conservative theologian. I would not do anything that goes against the church."

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