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Pastor who performed gay wedding to learn fate

The Rev. Frank Schaefer, right, and his son Tim, whose same-sex marriage Schaefer officiated, contrary to church law/ AP photo


SPRING CITY, Pa.- A United Methodist minister convicted under church law of performing his son's same-sex wedding ceremony could soon learn if he'll be defrocked.


A jury of his pastoral peers convicted the Rev. Frank Schaefer of breaking his vows by officiating the 2007 ceremony in Massachusetts. The verdict came Monday night after a trial that has rekindled debate over the denomination's policies on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.


The jury reconvenes Tuesday morning for the penalty phase, at which both sides will present witnesses. Schaefer could face punishment ranging from a reprimand to a suspension to losing his minister's credentials.


Schaefer didn't deny that he married his son, but said he did it out of love, not a desire to flout church teaching on homosexuality.

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