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Pastor fired for marrying same-sex couple

A Pennsylvania pastor says his congregation fired him for supporting same-sex marriage.

By Kristin Wong Sep 24, 2013 7:28PM

A Pennsylvania pastor says he was fired for officiating a same-sex wedding in the home of State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham.

(From left) Gregory Scalzo & Jospeh Davis, of Bushkill, Pa., were married by Pastor Ken Kline Smeltzer in August (Centre Daily Times/ MCT /LANDOV)MSN Living: Minister stops wedding to scold photographers

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."

Read the rest of the story here.

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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)

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you 3 idiots need a better reply because god is not an author and never wrote anything
Sep 26, 2013 4:22AM
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I'm so glad that there are people who are willing to stand up for God's Word!  I'm not afraid to call sin what it is SIN.  In the last days men will call what is evil good and what is good evil.  God's Word is clear and I love Jesus Christ and will not compromise what is holy and good no matter who they are.
Sep 25, 2013 9:37PM
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Angie5...its true...but we will always have this amongst all people...thats why we are ALL sinners...and we have to be faithful to constantly turn to HIM for the answers in this corrupt and deceiving world we live in!!  We cannot follow sinnful man's ways ...those who can stand strong must set the example...and witness the TRUTH and LOVE that GOD said is necessary.  There is much sin in this world and there is a lot that do not think anything of their sin....but...fact is fact and it is black and white...good and bad....right and wrong....but there are so many who live in the darkness (the gray area) of liberalism!!  and choose to...we are all resonsible for our choices of good or evil...and hopefully in the end will look towards CHRIST!!
Sep 25, 2013 9:32PM
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Sorry there TC1950 and FLfraudgovernor.,....The CHRIST I did describe does exist....HE exist yesterday, today and tomorrow....as well as HIS WORD!!  It does state in NEW TESTAMENT that it is a sin....GOD made MAN and WOMAN...and HE made MARRIAGE and it was not between 2 men and 2 women...you show me that where its OK ...in old testament it did state men had multiple wives and GOD also said it was not clean and a sin!!  so read NEW TESTAMENT and learn something too!!! 
Sep 25, 2013 1:15PM
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Maybe MSN should do a piece on the virtues of being a Godless Wh***?

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
Sep 25, 2013 11:49AM
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If the problem here is equality for all, wouldn't it have been better to ban all marriage and it's financial and legal implications, and let anybody live with anybody else irrespective of gender? And when you don't want to live with them any more, just pack up and go. Oh sorry, I have just suggested that tens of thousands of divorce lawyers would be put out of work and would have to be supported by Oh Bummer on the welfare rolls!
Sep 25, 2013 11:41AM
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I am sure that another more civilized congregation will pick him up. 
Sep 25, 2013 4:16AM
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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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