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In this Sept. 2013 photo provided by The Rev. Frank Schaefer shows Schaefer, right,  and his son Tim. The Rev. Frank Schaefer knew that church law forbade him from officiating his gay son’s 2007 wedding in Massachusetts, but went ahead and did it anyway “because I love him so much and didn’t want to deny him that joy.” The decision could cost him his pastor’s credentials. Schaefer faces a church trial in southeastern Pennsylvania later this month, the latest flashpoint in a debate that has long roiled the nation’s largest mainline Protestant denomination. (AP Photo/ Schaefer Family)
In this Sept. 2013 photo provided by The Rev. Frank Schaefer shows Schaefer, right, and his son Tim. The Rev. Frank Schaefer knew that church law forbade him from officiating his gay son’s 2007 wedding in Massachusetts, but went ahead and did it anyway “because I love him so much and didn’t want to deny him that joy.” The decision could cost him his pastor’s credentials. Schaefer faces a church trial in southeastern Pennsylvania later this month, the latest flashpoint in a debate that has long roiled the nation’s largest mainline Protestant denomination. (AP Photo/ Schaefer Family)
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(AP) About 50 ministers are giving their symbolic support to a colleague facing sanctions from the United Methodist Church by participating in a same-sex wedding ceremony.


The wedding in Philadelphia on Saturday was held about a week before the Rev. Frank Schaefer of Lebanon faces a church trial for officiating over his son's marriage to another man.


The Philadelphia Inquirer says (http://bit.ly/16SXVdw ) the clergy filled the front of a Methodist church in the city Saturday, blessing the marriage in defiance of church law.


A spokesman for the church's eastern Pennsylvania conference isn't commenting about whether any of the participants may face discipline. Most of the 50 are Methodist ministers.


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