Media Coverage of Bill Mac’s Decision to Perform Same Sex Weddings

Ibillmacchannel8t’s been a busy couple of days, since Bill McElvaney’s announcement that he will perform same sex weddings. Lot’s of stories popping up in the media and blogs today, and even more coming in print later this week.

If you missed the original story, here’s Bill’s statement that has caused all the fuss.

Here’s my statement providing some context and details.

Below, I thought I’d list all the stories/blogs we know of, in the order in which they have been published. We frankly don’t know how so many folks got a hold of this story, other than the incredible power of social media.


Sam Hodge’s story for UMConnection.

Jim Wright’s story for

Eric Nicholson’s blog for Unfair Park (Dallas Observer)

Preston Hollow Advocate, our neighborhood paper.

NBC 5 (Channel 5, in Dallas)

Channel 11 (CBS) Dallas.

Channel 8, Dallas (ABC) by Carla Wade (VIDEO)

Channel 33, Dallas, by Doug Magditch (VIDEO)
(Short quotes from me, and nice interview with George Harris and Jack Evans)

Dallas Morning News story by Diane Solis.

PinkNews, UK “Europe’s Largest Gay and Lesbian News Source”

Towelroad Blog.

Dallas Voice story, by Anna Waugh.

The Huffington Post.

The Washington Post (A good story to set the context of what’s happening nationally)

Notice about the upcoming wedding of George and Jack in the Dallas Voice.

A story on the upcoming wedding of George and Jack from United Methodist News.

A story on the upcoming wedding of George and Jack from Diana Solis at the Dallas Morning News.

(Check back for more, as we become aware of them.  If there’s an omission/addition, just contact me, and I’ll add it in…EF)

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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