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Dad May Lose Job over Gay Son’s Wedding

Posted on: December 3, 2013

Frank Schaefer

Rev. Frank Schaefer was suspended for 30 days for presiding over his son’s marriage to another man.
Image: Stand With Frank / Facebook

There may be nothing more special than watching your child get married. Every parent hopes their son or daughter will find “the one” who makes them happy.  There’s no question you’ll be a part of their special day.  One man, however, was told he might lose his job for presiding over his son’s wedding.

The man is Rev. Frank Schaefer, and his son Tim is gay.  The family has known for years and is completely accepting.  Tim came out at 17 and the family just told him that they love him just the way he is.

According to Frank Schaefer, “Jesus, our Lord and savior, never mentioned homosexuality at all.  And if it is that much of an issue, why didn’t he mention it?”

However, the United Methodist Church, to which the family belongs, is not okay with homosexuality.  Schaefer told the church that he would perform the ceremony back in 2007, and they said nothing.  However, when he actually went through with it, a parishioner complained.

Then the church said it was forced to make a decision about whether to allow him to continue on as a member of the priesthood. A television station reported on the issue, and the church responded by suspending him for 30 days.  He was told he can never do it again, or he will definitely be defrocked.  He said “No.”

“What is my crime?  I blessed two people that loved each other,” said Schaefer. In fact, he has said he’d do it all over again because he loves his son and his family.

Although the church is against his actions, there are many people supporting Schaefer’s decision.  There’s even a Facebook page with over 15,500 likes.  It may be time for the church to face the fact that many of their members may be gay and will want to get married.

After his suspension, Schaefer told the church, “I can no longer be a silent supporter.  I have to be an advocate, and outspoken advocate for all lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people.”  He also said that if a gay couple wanted him to marry them in the next 30 days, he would do so.


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