Minister reinstated after being defrocked for officiating gay son's wedding
The United Methodist Church suspended and later defrocked Frank Shaefer in December of last year. (Source: KYW/CNN)
PHILADELPHIA (KYW/CNN) - A minister was reinstated on Tuesday after his church suspended him for presiding over his son's gay wedding ceremony in 2007.
The United Methodist Church suspended and later defrocked Frank Shaefer in December of last year.
Under church policy, ordained Methodist ministers cannot perform same-sex marriages.
Schaefer appealed the decision and received the verdict on Tuesday.
"It's a great day. I got the news today via an email. I expected a phone call, but I got it via email, and, um, it wasn't immediately clear to me what the verdict was," Shaefer said.
"There was nothing in the email. There was an attachment, a PDF," he explained. "I opened it up, and I had to scroll all the way to the bottom to find out what the verdict was. And the verdict was that I am reinstated as an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church.
Schaefer will receive his lost salary and benefits dating back to the end of the suspension.