November 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm EST | by Staff reports
Minister suspended over gay wedding
United Methodist Church, gay news, Washington Blade, minister

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SPRING CITY, Pa.—A United Methodist jury on Nov. 19 suspended a Pennsylvania minister who officiated his gay son’s wedding.

The Associated Press reported the same panel of pastors the day before convicted Rev. Frank Schaefer of breaking church law when he presided over his gay son’s nuptials in Massachusetts in 2007.

The news wire said the jury told Schaefer that he must surrender his credentials if he is unable to reconcile his LGBT ministry with the church’s Book of Discipline. The AP reported the pastor refused to promise not to officiate any more same-sex weddings before the panel sentenced him.

“We have to stop the hate speech,” Schaefer said, according to the AP. “We have to stop treating them as second-class Christians.”

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