A United Methodist minister reported himself for officiating at a same-sex wedding in hopes of sparking discussions about the denomination's teachings against homosexuality.
First United Methodist Church of Alexandria, Ind., will shutter at year end, having lost much of its membership after its gay choir director was dismissed.
Retired Texas Methodist clergyman Charles Moore set himself aflame in a public parking lot last month.
Frank Schaefer was defrocked in December for having performed his son's same-sex wedding, but an appeals panel has returned him to the ministry.
The United Methodist Church may vote on liberalizing its stance on LGBT issues in 2016.
An Act of Love chronicles the LGBT activism of Rev. Frank Schaefer.