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Ministers Back Colleagues at Pa. Same-Sex Ceremony

Sunday Nov 10, 2013
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The Rev. Frank Schaefer shows Schaefer, right, and his son Tim. The Rev. Frank Schaefer knew that church law forbade him from officiating his gay son’s 2007 wedding in Massachusetts, but went ahead and did it anyway
The Rev. Frank Schaefer shows Schaefer, right, and his son Tim. The Rev. Frank Schaefer knew that church law forbade him from officiating his gay son’s 2007 wedding in Massachusetts, but went ahead and did it anyway  (Source:AP Photo/ Schaefer Family)

About 50 ministers are giving their symbolic support to a colleague facing sanctions from the United Methodist Church by participating in a same-sex wedding ceremony.

The wedding in Philadelphia on Saturday was held about a week before the Rev. Frank Schaefer of Lebanon faces a church trial for officiating over his son’s marriage to another man.

The Philadelphia Inquirer says the clergy filled the front of a Methodist church in the city Saturday, blessing the marriage in defiance of church law.

A spokesman for the church’s eastern Pennsylvania conference isn’t commenting about whether any of the participants may face discipline. Most of the 50 are Methodist ministers.

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  • Wayne M., 2013-11-13 16:23:34

    These Ministers are truly living the Gospel. As a Christian, I believe in the sanctity of marriage, but that means all marriages must be supported, including same-sex marriage. The same is true for families. One cannot claim to be pro-family unless you support all families - including non-traditional families.


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