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Bishop Melvin G. Talbert

Complaint filed against retired Methodist bishop for presiding over gay wedding

Friday, March 14, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A retired United Methodist bishop who performed a wedding ceremony for two Alabama men after they were refused permission to marry in the church now faces formal complaints over the ceremony. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Thomas Ogletree

Methodists drop case against retired minister who officiated gay son’s wedding

Monday, March 10, 2014
A retired United Methodist Church minister accused of breaking church law by officiating his son's same-sex wedding had his case dropped by a New York bishop Monday, just a few months after another minister was defrocked for the same thing. [ Read more → ]
Matt Rourke, APFormer United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer was defrocked by church officials after he officiated his gay son's wedding in Massachusetts.

Methodists in crisis over same-sex marriage, church law

Sunday, February 9, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Thomas Ogletree

United Methodist Church charges second clergyman for officiating gay wedding

Friday, January 17, 2014
NEW YORK -- The United Methodist Church has formally charged another clergyman for presiding at the same-sex wedding of his son. [ Read more → ]
Adam Fraley

Congregation walks out after church forces gay choir director to resign

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
ALEXANDRIA, Ind. -- A small Methodist church in northern Indiana is divided and as much as eighty percent of the congregants have left the church after a popular gay choir director was forced to resign, and a respected church lay leader was fired for his support of the choir director. [ Read more → ]
Frank Schaefer

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

Sunday, December 22, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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.

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

Friday, December 20, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Frank Schaefer

Pa. pastor defrocked after performing gay son’s wedding

Thursday, December 19, 2013
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." [ Read more → ]
Rev. Frank Schaefer

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

Monday, December 16, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Courtesy photo (AP)Rev. Frank Schaefer (right) and his son Tim.

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

Sunday, December 1, 2013
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... [ Read more → ]
Rev. Frank Schaefer

Bishop: I tried hard to avoid trial for pastor who officiated gay son’s wedding

Thursday, November 21, 2013
NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- A United Methodist official in Pennsylvania says she didn't want to put a pastor on trial for officiating at his gay son's wedding. [ Read more → ]
Chris Knight, APThe Rev. Frank Schaefer, left, of Lebanon Pa., celebrates communion with supporters after the sentencing phase of the trial at Camp Innabah, a United Methodist retreat, in Spring City Pa. Tuesday Nov. 19, 2013.

Pastor who officiated gay son’s wedding expects to be defrocked after suspension

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
SPRING CITY, Pa. -- Rev. Frank Schaefer gets to keep calling himself a Methodist pastor - at least for the next 30 days. [ Read more → ]
Chris Knight, APThe Rev. Frank Schaefer before facing his sentencing hearing at Camp Innabah, a United Methodist retreat, in Spring City Pa. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013.

Pa. pastor unrepentant for officiating gay wedding, suspended for 30 days

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
SPRING CITY, Pa. -- A United Methodist minister convicted under church law of officiating at his son's same-sex wedding was suspended for 30 days on Tuesday but remained defiant, saying he refuses to change his views, even if it means permanently losing his credentials. [ Read more → ]
Schaefer-cropped

Pa. pastor who officiated gay son’s wedding to learn fate

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
SPRING CITY, Pa. — A day after convicting one of their own of breaking church law, a jury of United Methodist clergy members returned Tuesday to determine the punishment for a minister who officiated at the same-sex wedding of his son. [ Read more → ]
APRev. Frank Schaefer

Church jury convicts Pa. Methodist pastor for officiating gay son’s wedding

Monday, November 18, 2013
SPRING CITY, Pa. -- A United Methodist minister was convicted Monday in a Pennsylvania church trial of breaking church law by officiating at his son's same-sex marriage, a case that rekindled debate over the policy of the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Frank Schaefer

United Methodists hold trial for Pa. pastor who officiated gay son’s wedding

Monday, November 18, 2013
SPRING CITY, Pa. -- A United Methodist pastor accused of officiating his son's same-sex wedding testified Monday he decided to break church rules out of love for his son. [ Read more → ]
Courtesy photo (AP)Rev. Frank Schaefer (right) and his son Tim.

Pa. pastor faces church trial Monday for officiating at gay son’s wedding

Sunday, November 17, 2013
A Pennsylvania pastor charged under United Methodist law with officiating his son's same-sex marriage is scheduled to go on trial Monday. [ Read more → ]
Bishop Melvin G. Talbert

Methodist bishops plan complaint over retired bishop officiating gay wedding

Friday, November 15, 2013
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. -- The United Methodist Council of Bishops on Friday said it plans to file a complaint against a retired bishop who performed a wedding for two gay men in Alabama. [ Read more → ]
Courtesy photo (AP)Rev. Frank Schaefer (right) and his son Tim.

Ministers back colleague by participating in same-sex wedding ceremony

Sunday, November 10, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- About 50 ministers gave their symbolic support to a colleague facing sanctions from the United Methodist Church by participating in a same-sex wedding. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Frank Schaefer

Methodist pastor faces trial for presiding over son’s gay wedding

Friday, November 8, 2013
The Rev. Frank Schaefer officiated his son's same-sex marriage "because I love him so much and didn't want to deny him that joy," but his decision to flout Methodist law could cost him his pastor's credentials in the latest flashpoint of a debate roiling the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination. [ Read more → ]
Joe Openshaw (right) and Bobby Prince

Methodist bishop performs gay wedding in Ala. despite church opposition

Saturday, October 26, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A retired United Methodist bishop performed a wedding for two gay men Saturday in Alabama despite opposition from other church leaders. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Frank Schaefer

Pa. pastors to officiate at gay wedding to support colleague facing dismissal

Sunday, October 20, 2013
PHILADELPHIA — A group of Methodist ministers will jointly officiate the marriage of a same-sex couple — in violation of church doctrine — to show solidarity with a colleague facing possible dismissal for presiding at his gay son's wedding. [ Read more → ]
Bishop Melvin G. Talbert

Retired Methodist bishop to officiate gay wedding in Ala. despite objections

Monday, October 14, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A retired United Methodist bishop from Tennessee said Monday that he will perform a wedding service for two men in Alabama despite opposition from the presiding bishop, who says the ceremony will violate church law. [ Read more → ]
Reno-wedding-chapel

Retired Methodist ministers say they’ll break Church rules and perform gay weddings

Saturday, July 27, 2013
RENO, Nev. — Five retired United Methodist ministers are taking a stand against their church's rules regarding same-sex unions. [ Read more → ]
Green Street United Methodist Church

N.C. church will no longer officiate weddings until gay couples can marry

Saturday, March 16, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Methodist church in Winston-Salem, N.C., said it will no longer perform marriages for heterosexual couples until United Methodist pastors are allowed to officiate at marriages for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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