UNITED Methodist church officials defrocked a US priest who officiated his son’s happy wedding.
The Rev. Frank Schaefer, of Pennsylvania, had already been dangling when he met with church officials to establish either he would continue as a pastor.
Schaefer had been told to renounce from a preaching by Thursday if he could not follow a denomination’s Book of Discipline.
But Schaefer has pronounced a book discriminates opposite happy people and vowed this week that he would not willingly obey his credentials.
Church orator John Coleman pronounced that officials motionless to defrock him.
Schaefer left a brief assembly with church officials though commenting though designed to residence a matter after Thursday.
Earlier this week, Schaefer pronounced he would challenge a eremite sequence to obey his certification for behaving a same-sex wedding.
“I am actively committing to carrying those discriminatory laws altered and outcast from a Book of Discipline,” Schaefer said.
“That’s a usually approach we can determine being a United Methodist during this point.”
Schaefer was portion a 30-day cessation for officiating a 2007 marriage of his happy son in Massachusetts, where same-sex unions are legal. Although a Methodist church accepts happy and lesbian members, it rejects a use of homosexuality as “incompatible with Christian teaching.”
Jurors who convicted Schaefer in a church hearing final month pronounced he should use a cessation time to confirm either he could follow church doctrine. They systematic him to renounce from a preaching if he could not.
Schaefer gave his answer publicly Monday during a news discussion during Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, surrounded by dozens of sensitive ministers and laity.
“I can't willingly obey my certification since we am a voice now for many – for tens of thousands – of LGBT members in a church,” he pronounced then.