Rev. Frank Schaefer married son
PHILADELPHIA —A United Methodist pastor from central Pennsylvania was defrocked after officiating at his son’s same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, a church spokesman announced Thursday.
Schaefer was told to resign from the clergy by Thursday if he could not follow the denomination’s Book of Discipline.
Schaefer performed son Tim Schaefer’s wedding at a Hull restaurant function hall, not in a church.
Schaefer says the book discriminates against gay people. He says he won’t voluntarily surrender his credentials and hopes the church has a change of heart.
Schaefer has planned an afternoon news conference. It will be held at a Methodist church in Philadelphia where an associate pastor was defrocked in 2005 for being in a lesbian relationship.