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Pennsylvania pastor fired after marrying gay couple

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The Rev. Ken Kline Smeltzer confirmed Monday night that he was fired after performing a same-sex marriage in State College last month.

Smeltzer was pastor for a local Church of the Brethren parish, which he has not identified since performing the marriage, because his beliefs differ from the congregation’s.

Smeltzer said Monday that “a few things have to play out” before he can speak more about the situation.

“It’s true, but I can’t give out any more information,” he said.

Smeltzer married Pike County couple Joseph Davis and Gregory Scalzo on Aug. 19 at the home of State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham.

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