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Methodist minister who officiated at gay marriage is reinstated

Methodist minister who officiated at gay marriage is reinstated

A Pennsylvania Methodist minister, who was defrocked six months ago after officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding, on Tuesday won his appeal to have his religious credentials restored.

The Rev. Frank Schaefer had been suspended for 30 days on Nov. 18, after a jury of Methodist pastors convicted him of violating church law. When the suspension expired, he was defrocked after refusing to promise never to perform another same-sex marriage. Three of Schaefer’s four children are gay.

“I’m just elated,” Schaefer said.  “It was a victory for me, for the church and for the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender]...

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