Methodist Pastor Who Officiated Son’s Gay Wedding Refuses to Give Up Credentials
December 18, 2013 Leave a comment
The Rev. Frank Schaefer, a Methodist pastor near Philadelphia who was recently suspended for officiating his gay son’s wedding in 2007, said at a press conference Monday that he will not voluntarily turn over his religious credentials, challenging the church to either defrock him or let him remain a reverend and voice for the LGBT community.
“I cannot voluntarily surrender my credentials because I am a force now for many, for tens of thousands of LGBT members in our church,” Schaefer said at a news conference Monday in Philadelphia. Schaefer was supposed to either surrender his credentials by Thursday or vow to never perform a same-sex marriage again.