Wis. Pastor Who Married Gays Could Be Defrocked

KAUKAUNA, Wis. (AP) — A gay Methodist pastor from western Wisconsin will soon find out her penalty for officiating at a 2009 lesbian wedding.

The Rev. Amy DeLong never denied the action, which prompted this week’s church trial in Kaukauna. A jury of clergy convicted her Wednesday.

She was found not guilty of a second charge of being a “self-avowed practicing homosexual.” The Methodist term means gays can serve only if they’re celibate. DeLong was most likely acquitted because she didn’t admit to any intimate details during the trial.

The jury is expected to announce the penalty Thursday. It could range from a suspension to defrocking.

Methodist pastors are increasingly defying the ban on marrying gay couples, saying it violates the church’s teaching of inclusion. Church officials say their longstanding rules are clear.

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  • Rico Suave

    I sincerely hope she is defrocked. She is free to start her own church, which would exclude certain accepted biblical texts, or use something other than the bible as its authority. It’s a free country, after all. But as long as she wants to be a Methodist minister, she needs to play by the rules she pledged herself to when she was ordained. It really is simple enough for a child to understand.

    • markH

      As a non-believer in any supernatural religious ideas, I find it curious in our free society how bigotry and exclusion can still be justified when the bigots simply invoke religion. It was only as recently as the late 1960’s when the Mormon church taught its membership (including innocent, impressionable children) that black people could not “inherit the Kingdom of God”. They re-thought that doctrine and retracted that piece of bigoted and racist garbage AFTER the Civil Rights Act was signed into law. It seems to me that all religions become more secularized AFTER it is recognized that their bigoted, hateful, and exclusionary practices and doctrines cannot be sustained in an open and free society. By all means-believe what you wish. But know that preaching a “God of love, forgiveness, and mercy” cannot be squared with hate, bigotry, and exclusion of others that were (supposedly) made by this deity and in his image, I might add. Peace.

      • Tom

        @ Mark H

        Maybe we should look at this way. She gets defrocked for performing a wedding for two gay woman. But yet if the church would have found out she was sexually abusing 2 young girls they would have protected her.

  • See BS

    It’s the same as harassing Jewish people with Ham and bacon.

    Gay BLTers, media people and Liberals can start their own Churches, but they just want this petty stuff in the news to manufacture Victimhood.

    • stace34

      How is this harrasment? She did not agree with the rules,broke them and now she is going to pay a price for those actions. Isn’t that how life works? Nothing in there is harassment. She new when she performed the ceremony this would likely happen. She chose to do it anyway. That is her personal choice. Nothing more. Perhaps people tht don’t agree with equal marriage rights shoudl stop playing the Victims. That is where the real BS is.

      • Tom

        @ stace34

        Why should someone like you and others like you get to decide who does and doesn’t walk down the aisle? Are you and others like you that INSECURE that you have to worry about what a small group are doing in their PRIVATE LIVES?

        • Mr. M

          Oh that was a good one Tom!!! Yeah, really, it’s not such a big deal unless people make it a big deal. Let the gays marry. It’s good for the economy even!

  • Jim

    I’m not sure why people want to waste their time in church anyway. Time to grow up and face the real world, people.

    • X-catholic


    • Phid

      Yes, “grow up and face the real world” and tell me how much you actually get out of the “meaning of life” in such a world.

  • Mr M

    Yikes! Well, I’m very supportive of gay marriage but honestly, only if its allowed per church and their rules. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’m leaning toward the clergy of that church. Please someone chime in and help me change my mind!!! Each church has its rights to its morals of conduct just as each human being SHOULD have the right to marry another consenting adult (gays). I will pray that everyone keeps their hearts and minds open to acts of kindness and love in these times or horrific terrorism and suppression and torture. I hope in the end, love will win out. Thanks WCCO for reporting this.

    • stace34

      I actually agree. But the minister made a choice to defy the church and will now pay the price. What ever that is. She knew that when she performed the ceremony this would likely happen. She never lied about what she did. She made choices and will now be living with the consiquences.

    • Rico Suave

      Don’t try to change your mind. Your instincts are dead on. Whatever you think of gay marriage, if the Methodist church doesn’t believe or want to sanction it, it’s their business. Remember about 15 years ago when some girls (their activist parents actually) were trying to get into the Boy Scouts? They tried via the courts and were rightly denied. They didn’t want to join the Girl Scouts or start their own co-ed kids club. I wasn’t right and the courts saw it. Recognizing that people have a right to their beliefs, and to associate with whomever they do or don’t want to is not bigotry, or mean or sexist, or anti anything. It’s their right and choice. We may all be equal in value in God’s eyes but face it we’re not the same. Do what you want and leave others alone.

    • markH

      Mr M- I see your point about allowing a group to define its own rule of conduct and exclude those who don’t fit their agenda. However, what if the group wanted to exclude blacks? What if they excluded those who cannot (for whatever reason) are disabled? The way I see it, bigotry is bigotry and a bigot is indiscriminate by his very nature. Add to that the salient fact that the leaders of this church (or any church for that matter) only CLAIM to know that their “deity of choice” frowns on homosexuality and we have a recipe for legally protected bigotry with no avenue for redress. Peace.

      • Mr. M

        I’m going to have to agree with you MarkH. Thanks for your thoughtful comments.

  • Meow

    Well THANK GOODNESS we still abide by ALL of the RULES of the CHRISTIAN FAITH … um… NOT. What worked back then simply doesn’t apply to today. Get a clue.

    Faith based marriage … what a JOKE. People are idiots.

    • Rico Suave

      Here are some future pastors and pastorettes who go frock-less and simply adore it. Enjoy.

  • maybe I'm dumb, but

    A jury of clergy? What the f is that?

  • JimmyJohn

    Wait… let me get this right. Um…. ah…. um…. so the church takes her dress off? They make her go naked? Defrocking? Huh? What kind of wacky church does that? Why don’t they just beat and torture her into submission like the Christian Churchs did in the middle ages? Sheesh. Problem solved. Oh wait, because that would be ILLEGAL now. OK well if she is Native American or African, they can just make her a slave since Christians owned slaves just a few hundred years ago. OH WAIT that is now also ILLEGAL. Hmmmm. I’m running out of solutions here. Shucks. Looks like the poor poor Christian Church is finding ways to suppress and oppress peaceful people who don’t always agree with “THE RULE BOOK”. I guess they can always go into Scientology. Have FUN!!! Weeeeee

    • Rico Suave

      Naked female pastors? Sign me up. But I’ve seen pics of the pastorette in question. Trust me she should keep her frock on. Just take a hike and don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya. .

  • Looks Like Denzel

    So she admitted being gay, yet they found her not guilty for doing gay se(x) acts? These are the stupidest humans alive. What is wrong with these idiots?

  • Le Moron

    I’m not a church person but “defrocking” sounds very painful hope it is not that bad.

  • The Trend

    Futile pleas to an empty sky. The emperor has no clothes.

  • markH

    When we come right down to it, it has never been proved that there is indeed a God out there, let alone actually talked to it or knows what it wants. All churches (be they Christian, Islamic, Jewish, etc) only make the claim that there is a God (Allah) and THEY know his likes/dislikes. It is every day people just like us who make these enormous claims and THEN tell others how to live, what to eat, who they can love based only on their own interpretation of some holy book. However, churches are comprised of common people who (over time) relax or eliminate many of the doctrines that they once held in high regard. Is there a God out there who (obviously) creates people who are attracted to members of their own sex and then condemns these very desires and actions that he “intelligently” designed them with? For my part, I’ll take my chances accepting people for who they are instead of someone who (apparently) only exists in the minds of those who believe. Peace.

  • JMJ

    I am for Gay marriage. But a church beliefs are there beliefs, if you don’t like it move on. When are any of you going to get it through your heads that you can not force people to beleive or think what you want them to.

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