Pastor Defrocked Over Gay Son Reinstated

Former defrocked United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer will receive full back pay and have his ministerial credits restored, a church judicial panel ruled on Tuesday. Schaefer was previously found guilty of violating church laws by officiating at the same-sex wedding of his son in 2007. The United Methodist Church prohibits gay and lesbian couples from marrying in the church but extended same-sex benefits to staff at its 13 general agencies (if allowed by state law) in April.