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Central PA pastor fired for performing same-sex wedding

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 24, 2013 11:50 AM
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(State College) -- A pastor says his congregation has fired him for conducting the wedding of two men at the home of the State College mayor.  

The Reverend Ken Kline Smeltzer says he's been fired for marrying Pike County men Joseph Davis and Gregory Scalzo on August 19th at the home of State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham.

Goreham had pledged to marry any same-sex couples who came to her with a license issued by a rogue county clerk in Montgomery County, but decided against that once borough officials told her that would violate her oath of office.  

Instead, she invited Smeltzer, who is a friend, to perform the wedding. 

Smeltzer won't identify the congregation that fired him. An online newspaper ad lists him as pastor of Burnham Church of the Brethren.  
  

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