The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has excommunicated a vocal critic for supporting gay marriage and the ordination of women.

John P. Dehlin operates Mormon Stories, a website and podcast for disaffected Mormons.

Dehlin told the AP last month that the church threatened to excommunicate him if he does not take down podcasts critical of the Mormon Church and disavow his support for marriage equality and the ordination of women.

On Tuesday, Dehlin told The New York Times that a 15-member church disciplinary council had unanimously decided to excommunicate him for apostasy.

Supporters held a candlelight vigil on Sunday for Dehlin outside North Logan Stake Center as he was being questioned inside.

“I still love the church,” Dehlin, a 45-year-old married father of four, told the Times. “I still love its members. I still consider myself Mormon in the same way that a Jew would consider himself Jewish even if he doesn't believe or follow everything. I look back on my time with the church with gratitude, and I look forward to many more days trying to promote healing and growth with unorthodox Mormons.”

The Mormon Church was active in the passage of Proposition 8, California's now-defunct constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual unions.