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    Richfield Methodists Confront Gay Marriage Differently

    By Drew Miller, Ritchfield Patch - September 26, 2011


    Although 14 months remain before Minnesota voters decide the fate of a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman, division over the issue of gay marriage has already taken root in many faith communities, including the United Methodist Church (UMC) community in Richfield.

    Division over what does or should constitute marriage are confronting the UMC’s clergy and parishioners in and around Richfield, and the divide is reflective of larger conflicts within the United Methodist Church in Minnesota. [Read Full Story]


    Methodist ministers back gay marriage

    Boston Globe - June 26, 2011

    By Ben Wolford

    More than 100 Methodist ministers in New England have pledged to marry gay couples in defiance of the denomination’s national leadership, which maintains a ban on same-sex unions.

    Roughly 1 out of 9 Methodist clergy in the region signed a statement this month pledging to open their churches to gay and lesbian couples. [Read Full Story]


    Rev. Amy DeLong will face jury at Peace United Methodist Church in Kaukauna

    Post-Crescent - June 21, 2011

    By Michael Louis Vinson

    The Rev. Amy DeLong, 44, of Polk County, will face a jury of 13 clergymen at Peace United Methodist Church in Kaukauna today through Thursday for being a “self-avowed practicing homosexual” and for “conducting ceremonies which celebrate homosexual unions.”

    The jury will be selected from a pool of at least 35 pastors from the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church. [Read Full Story]


    Baltimore-Washington members of United Methodist Church vote to allow same-sex unions 

    Washington Post - May 28, 2011

    By David Nakamura

    The Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church narrowly approved a groundbreaking same-sex marriage resolution Saturday, setting the stage for a high-stakes vote on the matter at the national conference next year.

    The resolution, passed at the church’s annual local conference, would amend the church’s Book of Discipline to allow pastors to perform same-sex marriages and ceremonies in member churches in jurisdictions where legislatures already have approved gay marriage laws, such as the District. [Read Full Story]


    33 retired bishops urge end to gay clergy ban

    United Methodist News Service - February 2, 2011

    By Heather Hahn

    Thirty-three retired United Methodist bishops have released a statement calling on The United Methodist Church to remove its ban on homosexual clergy.

    The bishops noted that the church has lifted other restrictions on clergy before. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Mike DuBose