Pastor fired for marrying same-sex couple
A Pennsylvania pastor says his congregation fired him for supporting same-sex marriage.
A Pennsylvania pastor says he was fired for officiating a same-sex wedding in the home of State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham.
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A Montgomery County clerk began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in July, protesting state law. Mayor Goreham pledged to marry any same-sex couple able to receive one of these licenses. When Joseph Davis and Gregory Scalzo approached Goreham with their license, she called her friend, Rev. Ken Kline Smeltzer, to officiate the couple's ceremony in August.
“We were friends,” Goreham told Centre Daily Times. “I knew he was an ordained minister. I don’t know if we’d ever spoken about it. He loves to perform weddings, and he thought about it, and he said yes.”
Smeltzer now says his congregation has fired him for taking part in the wedding. While he wouldn’t name the congregation, news outlets have revealed he was pastor of Burnham Church of the Brethren.
According to the Times, Smeltzer issued a statement on the day of the ceremony, saying that he supported marriage equality and that Davis and Scalzo “are very much in love and obviously committed to each other.”
"He doesn't regret performing the wedding and he is very supportive of marriage equality," Goreham told Pennsylvania's WTAJ. "He's sorry that the church and he were not able to work it out, but he stands by his act and would do it again."
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Photo: (From left) Gregory Scalzo and Jospeh Davis, of Bushkill, Pa., were married by Pastor Ken Kline Smeltzer in August (Centre Daily Times/ MCT /LANDOV)
Hate is the natural response towards abominations. Of course they hate you; your proclivity is abominable.
Abominable: worthy of or causing disgust or hatred - Merriam Webster
So this guy's like the employee and he has lots of employers (the congregation). It's the way lots of smaller churches work.
He did something the employers don't approve of and got fired.
He's free to do whatever he wants as long as he's ready to handle the consequences.
End of story.
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