KAUKAUNA, Wis. (AP) — A religious trial starts Tuesday for an openly gay United Methodist minister who broke church rules.

The Rev. Amy DeLong of Osceola in western Wisconsin has admitted to officiating a 2009 marriage ceremony for a lesbian couple in Menominee, violating church rules.

The 44-year-old is charged with being a “self-avowed practicing homosexual” and “conducting ceremonies which celebrate homosexual unions.”

The jury of 13 will be selected Tuesday at Peace United Methodist Church in Kaukauna from at least 35 pastors from the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church.

The Appleton Post-Crescent reports she informed church leaders of the wedding in an annual report.

She’s part of a growing number of United Methodist Church pastors who say they won’t obey the rule that prohibits them from officiating same-sex marriages.

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Comments (18)
  1. Superchik1017 says:

    Rev. DeLong:

    1. Leave the United Methodist Church.
    2. Join a Church that accepts homosexual couples.
    3. Do good in the LGBTQ community.
    4. Be remembered for the good you’re done.

  2. Anita Newpastor says:

    convict and hang – problems fixed

    1. Shane G says:

      You talking about yourself?? Good idea. Way to fix yourself.

    2. Brian says:

      Yes, hang. Who are you? Go get checked-out.

  3. Shane G says:

    Church Trial? Give me a break. If I was that Reverend I would pick up and leave and start my own damnnnnn Church. I wouldn’t play games with these fake dumb bigots.

    1. Libby says:

      Starting her own church would be way to reasonable to this liberal. She must stay and push her own warped lifestyle on everyone else … it is after all the liberal way

      1. Drunken Dissed Orderly says:


        If it’s so bad to be gay, shouldn’t it be illegal?

        What should be done with gays?

        1. Libby says:

          What do you have against gays?

          I was referring to her being a liberal, and yes being a liberal is warped and should be a capitol offense!

          1. Jayo says:

            capitol offense? Good lord where did you get your education?

          2. Drunken Dissed Orderly says:

            Libby, you called it warped.

            Would you consider a “warped” lifestyle to be wrong? If it’s wrong, shouldn’t it be illegal? If it’s illegal, shouldn’t people who are gay be punished? What should the punishment be, Libby?

  4. Jonas says:

    The bigots rear their ugly heads again. And I mean UGLY.

  5. Victim Du Jour says:

    Gay BLTers are perfectly capable of starting their own tax exempt community centers and places of worship.

    They are just having more fun having a power trip and spewing hate about Christians.

    1. bill says:

      Exactly, why would the hetrophobes start their own when they can pervert established churches?

    2. markH says:

      Actually, many of them ARE Christians and demonstrate a more accurate example of Christianity than those who condemn their lifestyle and sexual orientation. In my opinion (as a non-supernaturalist) they are true Christians and followers of Jesus’ teachings. Peace.

  6. markH says:

    As I am a non-believer (not a Supernaturalist), I am always amazed at those who do not believe themselves, but insist that religious belief is harmless to those who believe it to be true. Clearly, religious supernaturalism is dangerous to society and harmful to young children. Why not consider that these religious ideas of gods and the supernatural exist only in our imaginations and just lead a good and decent life, caring for others and helping our fellow creatures?

    1. Drunken Dissed Orderly says:

      For real. Spot on. I concur wholeheartedly.

  7. CES says:

    This seems more like a wich trial than anything… doesn’t the church have better things to do than this? THIS is your collection plate dollars hard a work folks – it doesn’t go toward charity – it goes toward persecuting instead of loving all and leaving the judging up to God, as your Christian beliefs dictate you should.


    1. bill says:

      Of course the church has better things to do, unfortunately this hetrophobic pastor is forcing their hand.

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