United Methodists are weighing in on the debate over an Appleton, Wisconsin minister who faces a church trial for her homosexual lifestyle, the Christian Post website reports today (February 16, 2011).
The Rev. Amy DeLong is scheduled to go to trial on April 11. Two charges were brought against her -- one for conducting a ceremony for the union of a lesbian couple and another for being a self-avowed practicing homosexual.
DeLong -- who has served as a clergy member for 14 years -- officiated at a lesbian couple's union in 2009, then registered with her same-sex partner that same year, according to the United Methodist News Service (UMNS).
She told UMNS that hiding her lesbian preference was "taking a toll on my soul and psyche."