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Methodist panel finds gay Osceola, Wis., pastor guilty of marrying lesbians
Associated Press ^ | 06/22/2011 09:43:12 PM CDT | Associated Press

Posted on 06/22/2011 9:04:13 PM PDT by so_real

Methodist pastors who have defied a church ban on marrying gays were dealt a setback Wednesday when clergy members hearing a church trial found a colleague from Osceola, Wis., guilty of marrying a lesbian couple in 2009.

The 13-person jury of clergy members unanimously convicted the Rev. Amy DeLong. They found the 44-year-old not guilty of a second charge of being a "self-avowed practicing homosexual." That vote was 12-1.

After the verdicts were announced in Kaukauna, Wis., church officials heard a second round of testimony to help jurors recommend a penalty that could range from suspension to defrocking. Their decision was expected to be announced this Thursday morning.

The Rev. Tom Lambrecht, the Greenville pastor who conducted the prosecution, called the conviction "a just verdict."

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TOPICS: Current Events; Mainline Protestant; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: delong; lesbian; wedding
"DeLong said she told her supervisors years ago that she was in a lesbian relationship and felt comforted by the support and caring she received in response."

Given an inch ... a mile is taken every time. That's human nature and why the Church must hold itself to a higher standard.


1 posted on 06/22/2011 9:04:17 PM PDT by so_real
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Methodist pastors who have defied a church ban on marrying gays were dealt a setback Wednesday when clergy members hearing a church trial found a colleague from Osceola, Wis., guilty of marrying a lesbian couple in 2009.

If John Wesley were alive, we'd be seeing multiple "Jesus cleansing the Temple with whips" scenarios.

I can only imagined how angry he would be to see what his church has been turned into.
2 posted on 06/22/2011 9:48:48 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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That’s not a headline you would have seen 30 years ago. My, how far have we drifted.


3 posted on 06/22/2011 9:50:11 PM PDT by tenger (It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for. -Will Rogers)
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Methodist panel finds gay Osceola, Wis., pastor guilty of marrying lesbians

What does a gay guy need a lesbian wife for?

Who writes these headlines?!

4 posted on 06/22/2011 10:27:34 PM PDT by Bobalu ( "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother." ..Moshe Dayan:)
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Well, it’s crazy, I know. But, the term “gay” can mean either male or female. In this story, since the pastor is female, she was the gay pastor. It would have been clearer if they labeled her as lesbian.

But I do get confused when we get into the trans-whatever categories, and I honestly don’t want to know who these people are and what they do. I’ve heard that some have had operations to cut off certain things, and some dress like they are of the oppposite sex, but still have body part intact. I really don’t want to hear about all of that.

Some subjects in the LGBT community should be left in a closet.


5 posted on 06/22/2011 10:41:23 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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so then who is the husband, who is the wife,??? I have a lesbian sister inlaw who is ‘married’ to her lover, they trade off who has the male organ depending on what holiday it is.

their lifestyle is gross, and weird. I cannot understand it. other than it is pure perversion.


6 posted on 06/22/2011 10:51:51 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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DeLong said she told her supervisors years ago that she was in a lesbian relationship

Then how could they possible not find her guilty of being a "self-avowed, practicing homosexual"?

7 posted on 06/23/2011 12:04:59 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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so then who is the husband, who is the wife,???

It's amazing, but in every lesbian relationship I've observed over any period of time, there is always a "man" and a "woman". I've never once seen a lesbian relationship like the one portrayed on Friends where both women were feminine.

8 posted on 06/23/2011 12:08:30 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: MEGoody

DGQ (darn good question)


9 posted on 06/23/2011 12:20:36 PM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: MEGoody

yes they switch off

who is the man or woman


10 posted on 06/23/2011 2:14:36 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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