UPDATE 10-28-2014: The highest internal court of the United Methodist Church has reinstated Minister Frank Schaefer. He had been defrocked by the church for performing a same-sex marriage ceremony. The wedding was of his son, who is gay. Schaefer was in Aspen earlier this year for a talk at the Aspen Community Church.
Below is the story we ran on March 24, 2014:
Below story are current news links to Schaefer's reinstatement.
The United Methodist Church is in a heated internal debate over the issue of gay marriage. At the center of this conflict is the Methodist Book Of Discipline which guides the denomination’s practices and beliefs.
“I fear that this will lead to a splintering or a split of the church before it gets changed in the actual discipline.”
Rev. Frank Schaefer is at the center of this debate. He spoke in Aspen on Friday (3-21-2014.) APR's Roger Adams reports.