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Methodist Church reinstates Rev. Frank Schaefer, once defrocked for performing gay son's wedding

This reverses the church's December 2013 decision to defrock him seven years after officiating the wedding ceremony for Tim, one of his three gay sons, and Tim's husband.

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United Methodist Church removes, reinstates, then rejects openly gay candidate for ordination

After an eight year process, openly lesbian Mary Ann Barclay was not moved forward in the ordination process, as the Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM) rejected her candidacy to become a minister in the United Methodist Church (UMC).

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March 14, 2014

Methodist Bishop faces church trial for officiating the marriage of two men in love

Retired Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert officiated the marriage of two Birmingham, Alabama men in love on October 25, 2013, defying church rules forbidding clergy from supporting marriage equality. Soon after the wedding ceremony complaints were filed by the local Bishop and the Council of Bishops.

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January 24, 2014

Methodist clergy stand up for marriage equality

More and more Methodist clergy are standing up for marriage equality and the momentum continues to grow.

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January 23, 2014

Another Methodist Minister on trial for officiating son's marriage to the man he loves

United Methodist minister and former dean of Yale Divinity, Rev. Thomas Ogletree, will be tried by a church council because he officiated at his son’s marriage to the man he loves.

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December 20, 2013

Rev. Frank Schaefer defrocked for blessing his gay son's marriage

United Methodist minister Rev. Frank Schaefer was defrocked on Thursday for presiding at his son’s wedding to the man he loves.

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December 19, 2013

Bishop Peggy Johnson: United Methodist Church laws are discriminatory against LGBT people

Bishop Peggy Johnson of Eastern Pennsylvania responded to a petition she received from the "clergy of the Philadelphi

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