Pa. Pastor Could Get Boot for Presiding Over Son’s Gay Wedding

Zion United Methodist Church in Lebanon, PA

LEBANON, Pa., Oct. 1 (UPI) — A Methodist pastor in Pennsylvania will stand trial by church elders for officiating his gay son’s marriage to another man, church officials said.

The Rev. Frank Schaefer performed a wedding ceremony for his son, Tim, and his same-sex partner in 2006 in Massachusetts, where same-sex nuptials are permitted. The issue wasn’t brought up for years until this spring, when — 26 days before the statute of limitations under the Zion United Methodist Church laws would have expired — an anonymous church member filed a complaint, reported Monday.


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