Pa. pastors to defy church, perform gay
(AP) - About 30 Methodist ministers from eastern Pennsylvania say they'll
jointly officiate the marriage of a same-sex couple, in violation of church
Philadelphia Inquirer reports move is intended as an act of solidarity with a
pastor facing possible dismissal for presiding at the wedding of his gay son.
Frank Schaefer officiated his son's 2007 wedding in Massachusetts, where gay
marriage is legal. Schaefer, who leads a congregation in Lebanon, Pa., faces a
religious trial Nov. 18.
week, a group of Methodist ministers gathered in Philadelphia to discuss the
case. They decided to officiate at a gay couple's wedding next month.
details were not disclosed. But the group says the names of participating
pastors will be made public on the marriage certificate.