Methodist Pastor Defrocked for His Support of Same-Sex Marriage

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This week a United Methodist pastor was defrocked after he refused to withdraw his support for same-sex marriage. Reverend Frank Schaefer of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania had been serving a 30-day suspension after a church jury convicted him of violating church rules by officiating at the wedding of his gay son. He said he felt called to advocate for same-sex couples and plans to appeal the ruling. More trials are expected of other Methodist pastors.

Watch our story on the Methodist gay marriage controversy.

  • Yvonne

    Who needs the Methodist Church? I left it 40 years ago. Well, actually I left Christianity 40 years ago. There is no god but G-d, and Christians have their trinity and Jesus. This I could not accept.
    As to the gay marriage-one should be allowed to marry whoever s/he loves. And, just hearing that ultra conservative Utah has accepted this fact, there is hope coming, sooner rather than later.

  • Winnie

    I hear that he has been offered a much larger church (not Methodist) and I hope that he will accept the position and all will be well. I hear it also offers much more of a salary. So, his sticking by his beliefs will benefit him well.

  • Love Gift

    There are God call Pastors and Men call pastors.The difference b/w the two is that God call pastors will always do n preach what the bible says,while men call pastors will do what men want.

  • ocrttol

    The United Methodists and a surprisingly large number of other mainline and conservative denominations have found a very effective way to drive older teens and young adults away from their churches, thus converting thriving denominations into what will become old folks burial societies. All they had to do was to continue to teach old interpretations of the six or so anti-gay “clobber passages” in the Bible, and take similar actions across a wide range of matters related to human sexuality by ignoring the near-universal teachings of human sexuality researchers, .

  • ocrttol

    The problem, as I see it, is not what the Bible says, but what people interpret the Bible as saying. All indications are that many Bible passages are ambiguous and interpreted very differently by different sincere, intelligent, thoughtful, and knowledgeable theologians. Since there appears to be no way to assess the will of God through prayer, then we are stuck with the ambiguity. See: http://www.religioustolerance.org/god_pray.htm