Pastor defrocked for marrying gay couple

Pastor Frank Schaefer has be defrocked after he officiated he son's same-sex marriage. (Source: KYW/CNN)
Pastor Frank Schaefer has be defrocked after he officiated he son's same-sex marriage. (Source: KYW/CNN)

NORRISTOWN, PA (KYW/CNN) - A Pennsylvania minister has been defrocked for officiating his son's same-sex wedding.

Frank Schaefer, the pastor at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in Lebanon, PA had already been suspended for 30 days in November.

A jury of 13 clergy members found him guilty of being disobedient to the discipline and order of the church.

The church told Schaefer that he could retain his standing if he never performed another same-sex wedding again.

But he told the Board of Ordained Ministry that he could not uphold the church's book of discipline in its entirety because it discriminates against gay people.

"I was hopeful it wouldn't come to what it has come to, my defrockment. I am a very positive person and an optimist. You could say I always look at the glass half full. I said to myself, you know, I just can't see them taking my credentials. I mean, what I did was an act of love for my son, and they did anyhow," Schaefer said.

Schaefer has filed an appeal and hopes to become reinstated to the Methodist clergy.

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