June 27, 2014 at 10:00 am EDT | by Staff reports
Defrocked Methodist minister reinstated
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Rev. Frank Schaefer was defrocked for performing his gay son’s wedding. (Washington Blade file photo by Damien Salas)

LEBANON, Pa. — A Methodist minister has been reinstated after he was defrocked for officiating his gay son’s wedding.

“I can’t even begin to describe how meaningful this ‘refrocking’ is to me,” said Rev. Frank Schaefer after a church judicial panel announced its decision as the Patriot-News reported. “I never did understand the severity of my punishment for an act of love for my son Tim. The committee of appeals understood that my defrocking sought to penalize me not for what I did but for what I might do in the future.”

A church tribunal last November put Schaefer on trial after it found out he officiated his son’s 2007 wedding in Massachusetts.

Schaefer was suspended for 30 days, but he was defrocked after he refused to say he would not officiate any other same-sex weddings.

“Today’s decision by the committee is a hopeful sign for our LGBTQ community,” said Schaefer as the Patriot-News reported. “They recognized that I was wrongfully punished for standing with those who are discriminated against.”

Schaefer has delivered a number of guest sermons at the Foundry United Methodist Church in D.C. since he was defrocked.

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  • He was at pride in Frederick MD, the second one ever. None of the kluxers in the area showed up to protests. Prob that kind of person busy beating his wife like the nutball fred Phelps did to his whole family

    The phelps did show at DC pride about a mos ago. hundreds of thousands walked by and ignored what crawled out of the septic tank.

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