FIRED! Church fires pastor after officiating same-sex marriage

I guess Rev. Ken Kline Smeltzer from the Church of the Brethren in State College, PA wanted to take a stand.

But that personal stand cost him his job.

Kline officiated the same-sex marriage of two men in PA, even though same-sex marriage is not legal in the state.  (One county started issuing same-sex marriage licenses even though it’s not legal in the state as of now).

After finding out their pastor had officiated the ceremony at the Mayor’s home, the board called him in and fired him.

What did he really expect?

What would YOUR church do if you attempted such a ceremony?

This is where it will get sticky… when the unlawful termination lawsuits from pastors like this start to hit the court system.

Hopefully it won’t come to that in this situation.

Meanwhile… Rev. Smeltzer is looking for another church to serve at.  (Good luck inside his denomination or state at this point).


More here…



  • steve miller September 25, 2013 Reply

    What a great Church Board story, they have real integrity for handling a sticky situation so quickly.

  • Cam Bennett September 25, 2013 Reply

    I belong to the Church of the Brethren, and although the denomination officially has an anti-gay stance, at least one third of the members strongly support Ken’s actions. It is only a matter of time before the membership who are opposed die off and the more Christ like viewpoint prevails.

    • Rick September 25, 2013 Reply

      Cam, please explain what you mean by “Christ like viewpoint prevails”. Christ didn’t speak of this issue directly but he did speak of the word of God and it’s authority in our lives.

  • Rev. K. October 2, 2013 Reply

    I admire this board for handling the situation swiftly. The Bible does speak in many instances against such lifestlyes. The problem is we have more preachers today who are concerned with being politically correct instead of being Biblically sound.

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