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Courage Campaign Applauds News that Rev. Frank Schaefer was Reinstated Into the Methodist Clergy

October 27, 2014

CONTACT: CJ Frogozo,, 310 570 2622

Statement from Dr. Paul Song, Executive Chairman of Courage Campaign, on the news that Rev. Frank Schaefer was reinstated into the Methodist Clergy

Los Angeles, CA — “Today the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church reinstated Rev. Frank Schaefer as an ordained member of the clergy.  Rev. Schaefer, who was defrocked last year for officiating has gay son’s marriage, has worked tirelessly and courageously to defend marriage equality, continuing to preach a message of love. Today is a step forward for the Methodist Church and LGBTQ community. As the child of two former deacons in the Methodist Church, this decision holds deep personal significance for me. And while the Methodist Church did not express its support for marriage equality despite this technical ruling, we will continue to stand with the thousands of other activists, members of the clergy, and parishioners working to amend the Methodist Church’s stance on marriage.”

Rev. Schaefer is a recipient of the 2014 Spirit of Courage Award.

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Angela Chavez