United Methodists try Pennsylvania pastor over gay marriage
by Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press
November 18, 2013 03:20 PM | 912 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This Sept. 2013 photo provided by The Rev. Frank Schaefer shows Schaefer, right, and his son Tim. The Rev. Frank Schaefer, 51, charged under United Methodist law with officiating Tim's same-sex marriage, is scheduled to go on trial Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. The pastor could be defrocked if a jury comprised of fellow Methodist clergy convicts him of breaking his pastoral vows by officiating the 2007 ceremony in Massachusetts. Schaefer's supporters argue that church teaching on homosexuality is outmoded. (AP Photo/ Schaefer Family, File)
This Sept. 2013 photo provided by The Rev. Frank Schaefer shows Schaefer, right, and his son Tim. The Rev. Frank Schaefer, 51, charged under United Methodist law with officiating Tim's same-sex marriage, is scheduled to go on trial Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. The pastor could be defrocked if a jury comprised of fellow Methodist clergy convicts him of breaking his pastoral vows by officiating the 2007 ceremony in Massachusetts. Schaefer's supporters argue that church teaching on homosexuality is outmoded. (AP Photo/ Schaefer Family, File)
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SPRING CITY, Pa. (AP) — A United Methodist pastor accused of officiating his son's same-sex wedding says he decided to break church rules out of love for his son.

The Methodist church has put the Rev. Frank Schaefer on trial in southeastern Pennsylvania, accusing him of breaking his pastoral vows by presiding over the 2007 ceremony in Massachusetts.

Testifying in his defense Monday, Schaefer says he might have lost what he called his "ritual purity" by disobeying the Methodist Book of Discipline. But he says he felt he was obeying God's command to minister to everyone.

Jon Boger (BOH'-ger), a church member who filed the complaint against Schaefer, testified he felt betrayed when he found out the pastor had presided over a gay wedding.

Schaefer could be defrocked if he's convicted by a jury of Methodist clergy.



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