SPRING CITY, Pa. (AP) — A United Methodist minister convicted of breaking church law by officiating at the same-sex wedding of his son says he is unrepentant and refused to promise he wouldn't perform more gay unions.
The Rev. Frank Schaefer testified Tuesday at the penalty phase of his church trial in southeastern Pennsylvania. Schaefer could face punishment ranging from a reprimand to a suspension to losing his minister's credentials.
Schaefer told jurors he has been called by God to be an advocate for the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people. He says the church needs to stop treating them as "second-class Christians."
A jury of Methodist clergy people convicted Schaefer on Monday of breaking a church law that forbids pastors from marrying same-sex partners.