A controversial United Methodist minister took to the pulpit and reaffirmed his willingness to celebrate same-sex weddings in defiance of his denomination.

The Rev. Jimmy Creech told an overflow United Church of Christ congregation on Sunday that Christians are not fully sharing the gospel until they embrace homosexuals into the kingdom of God."I think the church has been wounded by prejudice and bigotry toward lesbians, gay men and bisexual persons that compromise its ability to speak truthfully and clearly the gospel of Jesus Christ," said Creech, who was removed from his Nebraska congregation after officiating at a lesbian wedding last year.