Defrocked Methodist pastor appealing church's punishment

Frank Schaefer lost his job but not his voice.  

Schaefer was defrocked by the United Methodist Church six months ago following a trial in Chester County for officiating his son's same-sex wedding. He has since gained a following among reformers who want the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination to loosen its policies on homosexuality.

Schaefer has told his story dozens of times to largely sympathetic audiences across the country. He served as the keynote speaker for a human diversity conference at Kutztown University in April.

Though he doesn't regret the path he chose, Schaefer said he still wants the right to call himself a Methodist minister.

Schaefer, of Lebanon County, will appear before a church panel in Baltimore on Friday to argue his punishment was illegal under church law.

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