WCCO EYE4 LOGO WCCO Radio wcco-eye-green01, ww color green

Local

Wis. Pastor Who Married Gays Could Be Defrocked

View Comments
generic

(credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Today's Most Popular Video
  1. Fleetwood Mac Returns To Minnesota
  2. 4 Things To Know For Oct. 1, 2014
  3. Tune Up Your Furnace, Help The Environment
  4. Mayo Clinic's Sports Medicine Center Opens In Minneapolis Today
  5. Minneapolis, St. Paul Make The Top 10 For 'Coffee Snobs'

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.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,875 other followers