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Ministers Back Colleagues at Pa. Same-Sex Ceremony

Sunday Nov 10, 2013

About 50 ministers are giving their symbolic support to a colleague facing sanctions from the United Methodist Church by participating in a same-sex wedding ceremony.

The wedding in Philadelphia on Saturday was held about a week before the Rev. Frank Schaefer of Lebanon faces a church trial for officiating over his son's marriage to another man.

The Philadelphia Inquirer says the clergy filled the front of a Methodist church in the city Saturday, blessing the marriage in defiance of church law.

A spokesman for the church's eastern Pennsylvania conference isn't commenting about whether any of the participants may face discipline. Most of the 50 are Methodist ministers.

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  • Wayne M., 2013-11-13 16:23:34

    These Ministers are truly living the Gospel. As a Christian, I believe in the sanctity of marriage, but that means all marriages must be supported, including same-sex marriage. The same is true for families. One cannot claim to be pro-family unless you support all families - including non-traditional families.

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