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Ken Kline Smeltzer

Pastor

Burnham Church of the Brethren

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Voices of Central Pa | Central Pennsylvania's Independent Community Newspaper

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They were married by Church of the Brethren pastor Ken Kline Smeltzer, who was later fired from his church in Burnham, Pa., for going against the church's stance on same-sex marriage.


Voices of Central Pa | Central Pennsylvania's Independent Community Newspaper

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They were married by Church of the Brethren pastor Ken Kline Smeltzer, who was later fired from his church in Burnham, Pa., for going against the church's stance on same-sex marriage.


www.bmclgbt.org [cached]

There in the "gay voices" section was an article about Heath Adam Ackley, a member of the La Verne Church of the Brethren in California, and also one about Ken Kline Smeltzer, a Brethren pastor in Pennsylvania.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, the second article detailed how Ken Kline Smeltzer had lost his job as the pastor of the Burnham Church of the Brethren for officiating at the wedding of Joseph Davis and Gregory Scalzo at the request of the mayor of State College. And so I feel deeply for both Adam and Ken as they experience the abandonment and judgment of communities that held important meaning for them. At the same time, I also feel such a sense of gratitude and pride about what Adam and Ken did. I give thanks to Adam and Ken for bearing witness to profound and sacred visions of human wholeness and social justice. Send a card or letter of support and affirmation to Adam Ackley (c/o La Verne COB/2425 E Street/La Verne, CA 91750) or to Ken Kline Smeltzer (c/o University Baptist and Brethren Church/ 411 S Burrowes St/State College, PA 16801) with a copy to your denominational, district and/or conference offices. Our hearts and prayers remain with Adam and Ken, and with all of those who love and support them in this arduous time.


touchstonemag.com

Rev. Ken Kline Smeltzer was fired by his parish after he performed a same-sex "marriage" of two men in late August.
The "wedding" was not performed at his church. Rev. Smeltzer was the pastor of a Church of the Brethren parish in State College, Pennsylvania. In an interview with the Centre Daily Times, and published on September 23, 2013, (available here: http://www.centredaily.com/2013/09/23/3804042/centre-county-pastor-fired-after.html ), Rev. Smeltzer declined to identify which parish fired him. However, Pastor Smeltzer did confirm that he married Joseph Davis and Gregory Scalzo on August 19 at the home of State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham, who is a proponent of same-sex "marriage. The newlyweds received a "marriage" license in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, where Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes began issuing them in July. Presently, the issuance of Pennsylvania marriage licenses to same sex couples is illegal, and a court in September prohibited Register Hanes from issuing any more "marriage" licenses to same-sex couples. On the day of the Davis-Scalzo "wedding," Rev. Smeltzer issued a statement in which he said that he supports marriage equality, and that the men "are very much in love and obviously committed to each other. So, did Rev. Smeltzer deserve to be fired? Thus, it should not be surprising that Rev. Smeltzer was fired by his church for his actions. While many people believe that the United States Constitution calls for a separation of church and state (it actually does not), Rev. Smeltzer's termination should remind us that we can expect far more interference by the state with churches as lawsuits for unfair dismissal are brought by clergy, who are supported by governmental entities. Smeltzer is] acting on his belief and the church is acting on theirs.


www.brethren.org

Lehman cited his friend Ken Kline Smeltzer, pastor of Burnham Church of the Brethren in the Middle Pennsylvania District, as one example.
"Now, Ken is a noted firebrand progressive," Lehman said.


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