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More than two dozen PA pastors plan to perform gay marriage

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 21, 2013 4:26 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- About 30 Methodist ministers from eastern Pennsylvania say they'll jointly officiate the marriage of a same-sex couple, in violation of church doctrine. 

The move is intended as an act of solidarity with a midstate pastor facing possible dismissal for presiding at the wedding of his gay son. 

The Reverend Frank Schaefer officiated his son's 2007 wedding in Massachusetts, where gay marriage is legal.

Schaefer, who leads Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in Lebanon, faces a religious trial in Chester County on November 18th.

A group of Methodist ministers, including some from Lancaster and Reading, gathered in Philadelphia to discuss the case.

They decided to officiate at a gay couple's wedding next month. 

Ceremony details were not disclosed. But the group says the names of participating pastors will be made public on the marriage certificate.  

A group of Methodist ministers, which included some from Lancaster and Reading recently gathered in Philadelphia to discuss the case. They decided to officiate at a gay couple's wedding next month. 

Ceremony details were not disclosed.

But, the group says the names of participating pastors will be made public on the marriage certificate.  

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