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.

MEDIA COVERAGE:

Sam Hodge’s story for UMConnection.

Jim Wright’s story for Lonestarq.com

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 has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. 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. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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