Same-Gender Marriages in the United Methodist Church
After defying the United Methodist Church’s ban on same-gender marriages, this week, the Rev. Frank Schaefer, a longtime pastor in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, was suspended for 30 days, with some strings attached. This isn’t the first such trial, and there are other cases working their way through the church’s judicial system as clergy challenge the denomination’s position on marriage equality. Earlier this month, alongside more than 30 other United Methodist clergy, the Rev. Robin Hynicka, who is the pastor of Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, officiated a wedding of two longtime, male church members. The Rev. Hynicka joins Welton on State of Belief this week to discuss the Arch Street ceremony and the undercurrent of dissent around LGBT equality in the United Methodist church. CLICK HERE FOR EXTENDED INTERVIEW VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT

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