Church Reinstates Pastor Booted Over Son's Gay Wedding
Frank Schaefer can't be punished for refusing to perform future ceremonies
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2014 1:59 PM CDT
In this June 20, 2014, file photo, Frank Schaefer, a Methodist pastor who was defrocked for officiating at his son's wedding to another man, arrives for an appeal hearing.   (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File)

(Newser) – The Methodist church reinstated the pastor who officiated at his gay son's wedding today, overturning an earlier decision to defrock him for refusing to never perform another same-sex ceremony. Frank Schaefer is headed back to the pulpit, where the AP notes he'll collect back pay. The appeals panel ruled that while Schaefer's suspension for breaking church law was legit, "revoking his credentials cannot be squared with the well-established principle that our clergy can only be punished for what they have been convicted of doing in the past, not for what they may or may not do in the future." Gawker and a number of other media outlets are having a little fun with the AP's slightly flubbed tweet. (Meanwhile, the Mormon church excommunicated a woman for pushing the idea of female priests.)

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Veritas
Jun 24, 2014 10:10 PM CDT
He should not be allowed back until he seeks forgiveness before God for performing a perverted Wedding ceremony.
aunuts
Jun 24, 2014 8:21 PM CDT
It would seem that the Methodists have not read their own manual. "If anyone adds to these things,God will add to them the plagues of this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away their part from the Book of Life". Rev 22:18,19 Neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites will inherit the kingdom of God. 1Cor. 6:9. This not written to unbelievers, but to those who claim to be believers and ignore their own rule book thinking (or lack of) that they are wise. They are not.
Cindy
Jun 24, 2014 2:06 PM CDT
So now this preacher will go back to preaching the supposed "word of God" that states that gays are an abomination. He, and others like him, need to get off the pot. Either you follow and believe ALL the crap, or you don't. But don't pick and choose the "words" you want to believe. Obviously, the Bible was NOT divinely inspired as it was written by homophobic men hell bent on putting men first and women second. So why not stand up for all that is love and right, and stay away from that blasted christian crap that is so full of FEAR, HATE, and PATRIARCHY?