Rev. Frank Schaefer

November 19, 2013 by  

 Rev. Frank Schaefer, A United Methodist pastor was convicted Monday of breaking church law by officiating his own son’s same-sex wedding and could be defrocked after a high-profile trial that has rekindled debate over the denomination’s policy on same-sex marriage.

The Methodist church put the Reverend Frank Schaefer on trial in southeastern Pennsylvania, accusing him of breaking his pastoral vows by presiding over the 2007 ceremony in Massachusetts.

The 13-member jury convicted Schaefer on two charges: that he officiated a same-sex wedding and that he showed ‘disobedience to the order and discipline of the United Methodist Church.’

The jury will reconvene Tuesday morning for the penalty phase, during which Schaefer faces punishment ranging from a reprimand to losing his ministerial credentials.

‘Obviously, I’m very saddened. What we’re hoping for tomorrow is a light sentence,’ said Schaefer’s son, Tim Schaefer, 29, whose wedding led to the charges.

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