Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The Rev. Frank Schaefer greets supporters after receiving a guilty verdict Nov. 18. The penalty phase begins Nov. 19. He did not make any comments after the verdict. UMNS photos by Kathy L. Gilbert.
Penalty phase begins in Pennsylvania clergy trial
By Kathy L. Gilbert, UM News Service
SPRING CITY, Pa. (UMNS)—The Rev. Frank Schaefer faces another long day Nov. 19 as a jury of ordained United Methodists decide on his penalty after finding him guilty of breaking church law by officiating at the same-sex marriage of his son in 2007.
The penalty could range from losing his ordination credentials to being suspended for a time determined by the jury.
Both Schaefer and Jon Boger, the church member who brought charges against him, were sometimes emotional as they testified Nov. 18.