Recently Read: Pastors to jointly officiate at same-sex marriage

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported this morning that 30 additional UM pastors will be jointly officiating a same-sex marriage ceremony in solidarity with the Rev. Frank Schaefer, who faces a Nov. 18 church trial in Chester County for officiating at the 2007 marriage between his son and another man:

Schaefer’s fellow pastors call that an act of love, not a prosecutable offense. They gathered Thursday at a Philadelphia church and, after more than two hours, agreed to preside as a group at a same-sex marriage, a step they hope jolts the larger church.

“Out of respect and out of honor of his commitment to his family, he’s done this,” said the Rev. Robin Hynicka of Philadelphia’s Arch Street United Methodist Church, where the meeting was held. “Talk about family values, right. Let’s give it its due.”

via Pastors to jointly officiate at same-sex marriage.

The story also gives some insight to Shaefer’s defense at the upcoming trial:

Schaefer doesn’t plan to deny performing the ceremony. Instead, he will present a team of religious experts he hopes will prove that his decision upheld other church doctrines – namely that pastors should minister to at-risk teens who have contemplated suicide due to confusion over their sexuality.

Schaefer said Tim was one those kids. His son’s story will be central to his defense.

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Sue Ogden
Sue Ogden

This church law should have been overturned many years ago, and would have except for the African and Asian churches voting against inclusion for all people. I am amazed at the people who are so sure of what parts of the Bible are to be taken literally and what parts can be ignored. And apparently you feel that the part about God's love for all and God has created all of us in His image is something that can be ignored.

Diane Chevalier
Diane Chevalier

I am a cradle United Methodist. When I read stories of Methodist pastors performing same sex mariages, it is very disappointing.

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