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Lebanon pastor suspended for performing gay wedding

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 20, 2013 4:38 AM
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(Spring City) -- A United Methodist minister from Lebanon who was convicted under church law of officiating at his son's same-sex wedding in Massachusetts will be suspended for 30 days.

The same jury of pastors that convicted Reverend Frank Schaefer on Monday of breaking his vows suspended him from his ministerial duties for 30 days Tuesday. His credentials will be revoked if he violates church rules during that time.

Schaefer told jurors he is unrepentant for the 2007 marriage and refused to promise he wouldn't perform more gay unions. He says he has been called by God to be an advocate for the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people.

The case has rekindled debate within the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination over policies on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

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