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Ministers back colleague at Pa. same-sex ceremony

November 10, 2013
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — About 50 ministers are giving their symbolic support to a colleague facing sanctions from the Methodist church by participating in a same-sex wedding ceremony.

The wedding in Philadelphia on Saturday was held about a week before Rev. Frank Schaefer of Lebanon will face a church trial for officiating over his son's marriage to another man.

The Philadelphia Inquirer says ( ) the clergy filled the front of a Methodist church in the city Saturday, blessing the marriage in defiance of church law.

A spokesman for the church's eastern Pennsylvania conference isn't commenting about whether any of the participants may face discipline. Most of the 50 are Methodist ministers.



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