Pastor Faces Defrocking After Officiating Son’s Same Sex Marriage

by Karl Utermohlen | November 18, 2013 2:22 pm

Pastor Faces Defrocking After Officiating Son’s Same Sex Marriage

Same Sex Marriage 225x300 Pastor Faces Defrocking After Officiating Sons Same Sex Marriage[1]A Pennsylvania pastor is on church trial for breaking his pastoral vows after conducting his son’s same sex marriage.

Fox News reports[2] that United Methodist Rev. Frank Schaefer of Lebanon pleaded not guilty to charges of conducting a same sex union in Massachusetts in 2007. Schaefer could face nothing more than a minor punishment but he could also lose his minister’s credentials if found guilty.

The Methodist Book of Discipline considers gay marriage to be incompatible with its Christian teachings and members of the church have condemned the pastor for his actions. However, the Reverend’s attorney — Rev. Robert Coombe — says that Schaefer was not acting out of rebellion but out of love for his son.

Dozens of Schaefer’s supporters have shown up outside the trial with signs, rainbow stoles and singing hymns.

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Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Same-Sex-Marriage.jpg
  2. Fox News reports: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/11/18/pennsylvania-pastor-facing-church-trial-over-gay-marriage/
  3. Hawaii Becomes Next State to Allow Same Sex Marriage: http://investorplace.com/investorpolitics/hawaii-becomes-next-state-allow-gay-marriage/#.UopplcSsiM4
  4. Walmart to Offer Benefits to Same Sex Partners: http://investorplace.com/2013/08/walmart-to-offer-benefits-to-same-sex-partners/#.UoppqcSsiM4

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