Pastor to be fired for officiating son’s gay marriage
Loving dad's trial could be dropped if he promises to never perform another same-sex marriage, but he says the love he has for his son is stronger than the love he has for the Church
A pastor might be fired for officiating his son’s same-sex wedding.
Reverend Frank Schaefer, a Methodist pastor in Pennsylvania, is accused of presiding over the marriage ceremony in 2007.
The 51-year-old, who does not deny presiding over the wedding, said his love for his son and God’s command to love everyone trumped over supposed church doctrine.
‘I love him so much and didn’t want to deny him that joy,’ he said.
Schaefer, who has been a pastor at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in South Lebanon Township for the past 11 years, could lose his credentials and be fired from his position.
While he was told he could avoid trial if he agreed to never perform a same-sex marriage, Schaefer has decided he cannot hold to that promise.
Three of his four children are gay.
At the weekend, 50 ministers gave their symbol support by filling the Arch Street United Methodist Church and blessing the marriage in defiance of church law.
‘Those whom God has joined together, let no one put asunder,’ they said in unison, as reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The event, and the wedding itself from 2007, was not legal as it is not recognized in Pennsylvania.
Schaefer’s trial will begin on 18 November.