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‘Refrocking’ of Methodist minister who officiated gay son’s wedding appealed

| Friday, July 18, 2014
United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer smiles after a news conference Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA -- A Methodist minister ousted and then reinstated after performing his son's gay marriage said Friday that a church official is appealing his refrocking. The Rev. Frank Schaefer said he is disappointed to learn of the appeal, but not surprised. Schaefer is moving to a California diocese this week after his decision to officiate at his son's 2007 ...

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Methodist pastor defrocked for presiding over gay son’s wedding is reinstated

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer smiles after a news conference Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania pastor who broke church law by presiding over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony and then became an outspoken activist for gay rights can return to the pulpit after a United Methodist Church appeals panel on Tuesday overturned a decision to defrock him. The nine-person panel ordered the church to restore...

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Methodist pastor who officiated gay son’s wedding appeals his defrocking

| Saturday, June 21, 2014
Frank Schaefer, a United Methodist Church pastor who was defrocked for officiating his son Tim's wedding to another man, arrives for a Methodist judicial panel appeal hearing of his defrocking in Linthicum, Md. Friday, June 20, 2014.
LINTHICUM, Md. -- A United Methodist pastor on Friday asked a church appeals panel to overturn a decision to defrock him for refusing to promise to uphold the church's law, which bans ministers from performing same-sex marriages. Frank Schaefer of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, had his ministerial credentials stripped last year after a trial jury found ...

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Defrocked Methodist pastor who officiated gay son’s wedding appeals punishment

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014
In this June 14, 2014 photo, Frank Schaefer, speaks to parishioners after receiving an Open Door Award for his public advocacy during a ceremony marking 10 years of legal gay marriage in Massachusetts, at Old South Church, in Boston on June 14, 2014.
Frank Schaefer lost his job but not his voice. Defrocked by the United Methodist Church six months ago for officiating his son's same-sex wedding, Schaefer has gained a following among reformers who want the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination to loosen its policies on homosexuality.

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Methodists in crisis over same-sex marriage, church law

| Sunday, February 9, 2014
Matt Rourke, APFormer United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer was defrocked by church officials after he officiated his gay son's wedding in Massachusetts.
NEW YORK — The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who are presiding at gay weddings in defiance of church law against proponents of traditional marriage who are trying to stop them.

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Calif. Methodist bishop offers job to Pa. pastor defrocked over gay son’s wedding

| Sunday, December 22, 2013
Frank Schaefer
PHILADELPHIA — A United Methodist pastor from central Pennsylvania who was defrocked after officiating his son's gay wedding was invited by a California Methodist bishop to serve in her region in yet another sign of a split in the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination.

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Pa. pastor appeals defrocking over officiating gay son’s wedding

| Friday, December 20, 2013
Matt Rourke, APFormer United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer at a a news conference, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia. United Methodist church officials have defrocked Schaefer, who officiated his gay son's wedding in Massachusetts.
PHILADELPHIA -- A United Methodist pastor defrocked for officiating at his son's same-sex wedding has appealed the decision, a move that offered the latest evidence of a split in the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination and came as yet another state legalized gay marriage.

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Pa. pastor defrocked after performing gay son’s wedding

| Thursday, December 19, 2013
Rev. Frank Schaefer
NORRISTOWN, Pa. — United Methodist church officials defrocked a pastor from central Pennsylvania on Thursday who violated religious doctrine by officiating his gay son's wedding, and he later said he was shocked by their decision, calling his involvement in the wedding an "act of love."

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Pa. pastor won’t quit voluntarily over officiating at gay son’s wedding

| Monday, December 16, 2013
Rev. Frank Schaefer
PHILADELPHIA -- A United Methodist pastor vowed Monday to defy a religious order to surrender his credentials for performing a same-sex wedding, saying church officials will have to defrock him if they want him out of the ministry.

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To the Bishop judging the minister who officiated his gay son’s wedding…

| Sunday, December 1, 2013
Courtesy photo (AP)Rev. Frank Schaefer (right) and his son Tim.
In 1990, I fell in love. I met a beautiful man named Paul who shared my values, my heart and my soul. We quickly knew that we intended to spend the rest of our lives together. We were not looking for legal protection or rights, and the public conversation about same sex marriage and marriage equality really had not even begun. We just sought to solemnize our relationship into s spiritual marriage. My parents had been on their own journey accepting my sexual orientation, and they had evolved to the point that they felt comfortable approaching the minister of their church that they had supported significantly for years...

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