Pa. pastor who performed gay wedding suspended

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Associated Press

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 10:00 PM

SPRING CITY, Pa. (AP) — A United Methodist minister from Pennsylvania 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 Rev. Frank Schaefer on Monday of breaking his vows told him he has to surrender his credentials if he can't reconcile his new calling to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community with the rules from the church's Book of Discipline

Schaefer says he has no intention of changing his mind and expects to lose his credentials.

Schaefer told jurors he is unrepentant for the 2007 marriage and refused to promise he wouldn't perform more gay unions.

His supporters overturned chairs and held an impromptu communion service after the jury's decision.

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