The Religious Institute is deeply saddened at the guilty verdict given Monday in the trial of Pastor Frank Schaefer for officiating at the wedding of his son to another man. Repercussions could range from losing his ordination credentials to being suspended for a time determined by the jury, as the penalty phase began earlier this morning.
Schaefer, a pastor in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual (regional) Conference officiated at the same-sex wedding of his son five years ago. A complaint was filed one month before the statute of limitations ran out, and word of the trial became public Sept. 20. Schaefer said he “followed his heart” when his son, Tim, asked him to officiate at his wedding. Read more here.
Updated November 20th: Frank Schaefer has been suspended for 30 days, and warned that he will lose his credentials if he violates any of the church’s rules in that time. He was also told to surrender his credentials if he is unable to “reconcile his new calling to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community with the laws from the church’s Book of Discipline.”
Schaefer told reporters afterward that he had no intention of changing his mind and said he expects to lose his credentials in 30 days.