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After Officiating Son's Same-Sex Wedding, Mennonite Pastor Gets His Credential Revoked

10 November 2014 5:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

When Phil Wenger wanted to marry his partner, he asked his father, 96-year-old Chester Wenger, a longtime pastor and missionary in the Mennonite Church, to officiate. The backyard ceremony at the home of Wenger and his now-husband, Steve Dinnocenti, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was attended by only a few people in June. But since that day, it has rippled far beyond the town. In September, the retired pastor's ministerial credential was revoked by the church based on these guidelines: "Pastors holding credentials in a conference of Mennonite Church USA may not perform a same-sex covenant." L. Keith Weaver, moderator for the Lancaster Mennonite Conference, »

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