Penn. United Methodist Minister Frank Schaeffer May Lose License for Officiating Son’s Same-Sex ‘Wedding’
By Heather Clark, Christian News Network, Crossmap On October 2, 2013
A United Methodist minister from Pennsylvania has been summoned to stand before the Eastern Pennsylvania Methodist Conference for officiating his son's same-sex 'wedding' against the denomination's prohibitions against it.
Frank Schaeffer, 51, oversees Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in Lebanon. In 2007, he traveled to Massachusetts to officiate a ceremony between his son Tim and Tim's homosexual partner. Massachusetts has permitted same-sex nuptials since 2004, but Pennsylvania defines marriage as being solely between a man and a woman.
"The love for my son took over the fear of losing my job with the United Methodist Church," Schaeffer told the Lebanon Daily News. "It was a tough decision in some sense, but I just knew I had to make it. I had to follow my heart."
Schaeffer states that when his son came to him to advise that he was struggling with homosexual temptations, he and his wife expressed their support.
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