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June 25, 2014

Reverend Frank Schaefer performed son's gay wedding and was defrocked for refusing to promise not to perform more ceremomies

Reverend Frank Schaefer is leaving Pennsylvania and heading to California.

The United Methodist Church pastor, defrocked after officiating his son’s same-sex wedding, was reinstated this with back pay and has received a new assignment.

Schaefer had been pastor at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in Pennsylvania's South Lebanon Township for 11 years when he was defrocked.

Schaefer’s request to be transfered to the church's California-Pacific Conference has been granted. He will be appointed to to the Isla Vista Student Ministry in Santa Barbara.

June 24, 2014

Reverend Frank Schaefer was convicted of disobeying church law when he refused to promise to never perform another same-sex marriage ceremomy

A pastor who was defrocked in November for officiating his son’s same-sex wedding has been reinstated with back pay.

Reverend Frank Schaefer, a Pennsylvania United Methodist minister, had been convicted under church law of disobeying the church after he refused to never perform another gay marriage.

Schaefer appealed his dismissal and a nine-member church judicial panel on Tuesday (24 June) overturned the church's earlier ruling.

March 11, 2014

A grateful Reverend Thomas Ogletree called what he did 'an act of pastoral faithfulness and fatherly love'

A retired United Methodist Church minister in New York will not be prosecuted for officiating the wedding of his gay son, the church announced Monday (10 March)

Thomas Ogletree, 80, calls presiding over the wedding of his son in October 2012 'an act of pastoral faithfulness and fatherly love.'

The wedding announcement appeared in The New York Times leading to a complaint being filed against Ogletree who is is a former dean of the Yale Divinity School.

March 3, 2014

Jack Evans and George Harris were married at Midway Hills Christian Church in Texas on Saturday after 53 years together – though their marriage will not yet be recognized by the state

Gay couple George Harris and Jack Evans were married on Sunday after 53 years together by a United Methodist priest who has put his pension and credentials as a clergyman on the line in order to conduct the ceremony.

Harris, 80, and Evans, 84, met in Dallas in 1961 and have been together ever since.

They were married 1 March at Midway Hills Christian Church.

February 18, 2014

Ronald Plishka survived heart attack and is still furious: 'The doctors came in and told me to calm down or I’m going to have another heart attack'

Lifelong Catholic Ronald Plishka thought the end was near after he suffered a heart attack earlier this month and asked a nurse at the hospital to summon a priest.

Plishka, a 63 year old from Washington DC, wanted to be administered communion and last rites.

The priest, working as a chaplain at D.C.’s Washington Hospital Center,  allegedly refused after Plishka mentioned that he is gay.

December 23, 2013

Days after he was stripped of his ministerial credentials for conducting his son’s same-sex ceremony five years ago, Rev Frank Schaefer says it’s ‘incredible’ he’s received a job offer from a California bishop

The same church that fired Rev Frank Schafer for officiating his gay son’s marriage has now offered to re-issue his license.

Defrocked last week by the Pennsylvania United Methodist Church because he performed his son’s same-sex marriage in 2007, Schafer is ‘seriously considering’ an offer from Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño in California.

December 20, 2013

The Rev. Frank Schaefer was stripped of his clerical credentials on Thursday after he remained unrepentant about presiding over his son’s 2007 same-sex marriage

The Rev. Frank Schaefer was defrocked by the US’ United Methodist Church after he remained unrepentant after completing a 30 day suspension over his presiding over his gay son’s wedding in 2007.

Schaefer told the church’s ministry board that he could not say that he supported the United Methodist Book of Discipline in its entirety because of what it said about people in same-sex relationships.

Schaefer has said that he will appeal the decision and has said that he does not intend the leave the United Methodists for a more inclusive church.

December 2, 2013

A bishop is persecuting a Methodist minister who officiated at his son’s wedding. But one gay dad, who also conducts weddings, wants clemency

In 1990, I fell in love. I met a beautiful man named Paul who shared my values, my heart and my soul. We quickly knew that we intended to spend the rest of our lives together.

We were not looking for legal protection or rights, and the public conversation about same-sex marriage and marriage equality really had not even begun. We just sought to solemnize our relationship into a spiritual marriage.

November 21, 2013

Over 24,000 people have signed a petition organized by a group of United Methodist pastors who want their church’s leadership to stop penalizing clergy who marry same-sex couples

Progressive US Christian group Faithful America will present a petition on Thursday of over 24,000 signatures backing United Methodist clergy who want to be able to marry same-sex couples without fear of being disciplined by the church hierarchy or losing their jobs.

November 20, 2013

Pennsylvania pastor: ‘We have to stop the hate speech. We have to stop treating them as second-class Christians'

A pastor was suspended for officiating his son’s gay marriage yesterday (19 October).

Reverend Frank Schaefer, a Pennsylvania United Methodist minister, point black refused to never perform another gay marriage even if it means he loses his credentials.

He was convicted under church law of disobeying the church.

As the loving dad refuses to repent, he expects to be defrocked in 30 days.

On the stand, Schaefer wore a rainbow stole to represent his cause and said the church must ‘stop judging people based on their sexual orientation’.

November 19, 2013

Pastor could be defrocked for refusing to never perform another same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania

A jury has pronounced a pastor ‘guilty’ for violating and disobeying church law when he officiated a same-sex marriage for his son.

Reverend Frank Schaefer, a Methodist pastor in Pennsylvania, faced a jury of 13 other pastors as he was accused of presiding over the marriage ceremony in 2007.

He will learn what sanctions or penalties are lodged against him today (19 November).

While the 51-year-old pleaded not guilty, he said he was proud to have officiated at his son’s wedding.

November 15, 2013

A Methodist church court is prosecuting a pastor who officiated over his son’s same-sex marriage

In 2013, the reality that Reverend Frank Schaefer, pastor at Zion United Methodist Church (UMC) of Iona in Pennsylvania, will be forced to stand trial on 18 November for officiating his son’s 2007 same-sex nuptials is not only wrong-headed – it is also wrong-hearted.

‘I love him so much and didn't want to deny him that joy. I had to follow my heart,’ Schaefer told the New York Daily News.

November 11, 2013

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.

November 1, 2013

The Vatican is surveying Catholics around the world to assess their views on how to approach same-sex couples and their families in the church and how to approach other issues of controversy for Catholics – suggesting Pope Francis I may be preparing for reform in the church

The Vatican under Pope Francis I is conducting a worldwide consultation with Catholics on how to approach a range of social issues including homosexuality, contraception and divorce ahead of a 2014 Extraordinary General Session of the Synod of Bishops on the Family.

The extraordinary synod will discuss ‘pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization,’ and will be only the third such synod since 1965 when synods were reinstated by Pope Paul VI.

The last was held by Pope John Paul II in 1981.

September 27, 2013

A US United Methodist tribunal will decide whether individual churches and church regions can disagree with the central church’s teachings on same-sex marriage and homosexuality after more than 1,500 of its priests signed a statement offering to marry same-sex couples

The United Methodist Judicial Council will decide late October if its clergy and local church regions can hold different opinions on the issues of homosexuality and marriage and will also decide the fate of four priests who have been charged with marrying same-sex couples.

April 1, 2013

'The Bible talks about the homosexuals - they're worthy of death!'

An 11-year-old boy stood in front of North Carolina's Green Street United Methodist Church on Easter Sunday giving the congregation a piece of his mind as they exited the church.

'The Bible talks about the homosexuals - they're worthy of death!' the boy can be seen shouting at one point on video posted on the Good As You website.

March 17, 2013

A North Carolina Methodist church has gone rogue on the issue of same-sex marriage and will hold no marriages until the state and its denominational leadership will let it marry same-sex couples

A United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has gone rogue on the issue of same-sex marriage – telling the state and the United Methodist Church leadership that it will not perform marriages until its pastors are allowed to marry all couples.

January 4, 2013

A decade after gay cleric Jeffrey John was forced to step down as a bishop by traditionalist Christians, the CoE have said they have evolved on allowing gay bishops

The Church of England has dropped its ban on gay clergy becoming bishops.

This announcement, from the Church’s House of Bishops, would allow clergy in civil partnerships to become bishops if they promised to be celibate, the BBC reports.

In 2003, the issue split the church when gay cleric Jeffrey John, who has always maintained his celibacy, became a Bishop of Reading.

John, now Dean of St Albans, was forced to step down from the role after protests from traditionalists.