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Beloved Methodist Minister Forced To Resign For Being Gay: “I Won’t Hide.”

Benjamin Hutchinson

 

After three years of serving his congregation faithfully a beloved United Methodist Church in Cassopolis, Michigan, the Reverend Benjamin Hutchison says Methodist leadership gave him the option of resigning Monday night of being fired for being gay and having a partner. Despite the fact that his congregation and the community was well aware of that fact that Hutchison was gay from the beginning of his appointment.

“It wasn’t only my place of employment; it was the love of my life.” Hutchinson said. “I’ve never been shy about it, and I won’t hide from it. Monty Hutchison is my life partner and that’s who he is to me. I consider him my partner, Lord willing, someday to be my husband.”

The Methodist Church released the following statement:

“This subject has been passionately debated for a very long time in our denomination.  In May 2016, clergy and laity from around the world will meet in Portland, Oregon for General Conference, where discussions are expected to take place on the church’s official position on these matters.”

The church’s Book of Discipline says the Methodist Church is open to everyone, but practicing homosexuals are not allowed to be ordained as ministers or appointed to serve in the church.

The congregation is both shocked and appalled by the news.

“I was very shocked, and very upset,” said Bill Loux, a member of Hutchinson’s congregation said.

“He’s just done a wonderful thing here, and for the Methodist Church to treat him this way is totally unacceptable to our church and everybody in this community. Even though he’s gay, he’s part of our family, my family, the church family,”

Benjamin Hutchison is also a part of our family also and he should not be treated like this.

#FullEqualityNow
#NoReligiousExemptions
 

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Methodist Church Punishes Pastor Who Officiated At Gay Sons Wedding With 30 Day Suspension

Gay Pastor

This week United Methodist minister Frank Schaefer in Pennsylvania was found “guilty” of officiating at his son’s gay wedding by church officiials.  Now the gentle and loving Methodist “jury” has sentenced him to a 30-day suspension only after they demanded that he denounce the wedding which he refused to do.

Frank Schaefer, 51, the pastor at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, was found guilty by a jury of 13 ordained clergy members on two counts: officiating a same-sex wedding and being disobedient to the discipline and order of the church, according to Cathy Husid-Shamir, a Schaefer family spokesperson. Schaefer received a concurrent 30-day suspension for both counts. If he does not uphold the church’s discipline after the suspension, he must surrender his credentials, according to Husid-Shamir. The jury had full power in determining Schaefer’s penalty, which could have ranged from a reprimand to a full defrocking.

“I feel I have to be an advocate, an outspoken advocate for all lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people,” Schaefer told reporters while wearing a rainbow colored stole after learning his sentence, adding that he expects to be defrocked when his 30-day suspension is up.

The church “needs to stop judging people based on their sexual orientation,” he told jurors. “We have to stop the hate speech. We have to stop treating them as second-class Christians.  I will never be silent again, this is what I have to do.”