Pennsylvania pastor facing church trial over gay marriage
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:37:37 GMT —
MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press
SPRING CITY, Pa. (AP) â?? Supporters are holding signs and singing hymns ahead of the church trial in southeastern Pennsylvania for a United Methodist pastor who could be defrocked for officiating at his son's same-sex wedding.
The Rev. Frank Schaefer of Lebanon could face punishment ranging from a reprimand to suspension to losing his minister's credentials if a jury composed of fellow Methodist clergy convicts him of breaking his pastoral vows by presiding over the 2007 ceremony in Massachusetts.
Jury selection begins Monday morning at a Methodist retreat in Spring City.
Schaefer's supporters have gathered outside the building where the trial will take place. They argue that church teaching on homosexuality is outmoded.
But a pastor who's also attending the trial says Schaefer's trial isn't about gay rights, but about his breaking of church law.
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