Reinstated pastor transferring to California

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Associated Press

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 24 at 7:03 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania pastor who broke church law by presiding over his son's same-sex wedding is being transferred to a United Methodist church in California.

Bishop Minerva G. Carcano (car-CAHN'-yo) of the California-Pacific Annual Conference says the Rev. Frank Schaefer is being appointed to the Isla Vista Student Ministry in Santa Barbara. The transfer is effective July 1.

Schaefer, a pastor from Lebanon, had been defrocked for performing his son's same-sex wedding and saying he would perform other gay marriages if asked. But on Tuesday, a church appeals panel ordered his credentials restored.

Carcano says he and Bishop Peggy Johnson of the church's Eastern Pennsylvania Conference agreed to Schaefer's request for the transfer.

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