Methodists Reinstate Minister Who Officiated At Son’s Gay Marriage
Scott Neuman on June 24th, 2014
A Methodist minister in Pennsylvania, who was defrocked last year for presiding over his son’s same-sex wedding, has been reinstated by the church.
A nine-person appeals panel of the United Methodist Church ordered Frank Schaefer’s pastoral credentials restored, saying “the jury that convicted him last year erred when fashioning his punishment,” according to The Associated Press.
“I’ve devoted my life to this church, to serving this church, and to be restored and to be able to call myself a reverend again and to speak with this voice means so much to me,” an exultant Schaefer told the AP.
He said he intends to work for gay rights “with an even stronger voice from within the United Methodist Church.”
Schaefer, of Lebanon, Pa., was first suspended for having officiated at his son’s 2007 wedding and subsequently stripped of his pastoral credentials after he refused to uphold the Methodist ban on clergy performing same-sex marriages.
Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
This entry was posted in News from NPR
. Bookmark the permalink
The cyclist had dominated the Tour, wearing the yellow jersey through all but two stages of the grueling three-week competition.
The State Department says the photos show burn marks from the firing of multiple rocket launchers inside Russia and resulting craters on the other side of the border.
A district court judge says the law that prohibited people from carrying handguns outside their homes violates the Second Amendment.
Chonalyn, a 6-pound girl, was born Sunday morning in a Manila hospital. But the head of the country’s population commission says it will be a challenge to provide for so many people.
Fighting in the country’s east has killed at least 38 people since the U.S. on Saturday temporarily closed its embassy in the capital, citing security concerns.