Defrocked pastor awaiting appeal decision - abc27 WHTM

Defrocked pastor awaiting appeal decision

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BALTIMORE, Md. (WHTM) -  There's still no decision on the appeal of a defrocked Lebanon County pastor.

Reverend Frank Schaefer lost his credentials last December for officiating his son's same-sex wedding in 2007 and then saying he couldn't promise not to perform another same-sex ceremony.

He appealed in is currently in Maryland awaiting the decision of a church panel.

Schaefer told abc27 over the weekend that he's anxious for a ruling; not just for himself but also for the gay community.

"That if a minister, United Methodist minister, treats them equally, treats them as human being with equal rights, that minister is punished.  And that's a terrible message to send.  So I'm hoping for a good outcome for that very purpose, too," he said.

The panel has less than 20 days to reach a decision.

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