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Northern Illinois Clergy To Bless Same-Sex Marriage

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Pastor Amy DeLong

Hallelujah! These baby steps just keep adding up!

Round about two hundred United Methodist clergy of the Church’s Northern Illinois Conference have stepped up their game with pledges to bless same-sex unions! Despite going against the Church’s policy and risking suspension, these Christian leaders are standing firm in setting an example for love and human rights!

This great news comes fast after a Wisconsin pastor was tried and found guilty of overseeing a lesbian union back in 2009. Rev. Amy DeLong, as pictured above, was punished with a twenty day suspension. DeLong says this sentence will not discourage her from continuing to officiate same-sex marriages.

With courageous leaders like herself, it’s no wonder the Northern Illinois clergy is following suit. The clergy voted on ending discrimination against LGBTQ individuals and announced their intention to send petitions on the matter to next year’s global gathering.

Rev. Gregory Gross, a deacon, comments:

Our civil society has taken the lead. Now the church is trying to catch up.

Heavens yeah! It’s about time we saw some sixties-ish activism within The Church.

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23 comments to “Northern Illinois Clergy To Bless Same-Sex Marriage”



  1. 1

    The current Pope should have learned from Pope John Paul II. He should bless this with the understanding that it's inevitable that it will become commonplace. That will be his legacy, and a good one at that.



  2. 2

    she (or he) is fugly.



  3. 3

    Nothing like some sixties-ish activism to get things moving !



  4. 4

    Someone got hit with the ugly stick.



  5. 5

    OH NO! I was afraid this was going to happen, but I thought in NY. I am a Methodist and a few discussed this at my Church. It is hard, we all felt gays should be extended rights, but have been taught through religious teachings, that marriage is between a man and a woman and it is to produce children. Some did feel uneasy about marriages being mandatory at the church. This, in NY, has been stopped for the time being, but, it looks like there is a big breech in our main church. THIS IS NOT GOOD MARIO! Talking, compromise, agreement… is the way to go, separation is not! Yes, I realize Gays are getting rights they did not have before, but in some places, HURT, HATE are taking place. One step forward, TWO, THREE, FOUR LEAPS BACK????



  6. 6

    You must let people change naturally, not force them. and our members are getting there, but, unfortunately, what Northern Illinois did, I am sure not all of their congregation approved of or, maybe better put, was totally easy with. A shame, truely a shame. Breaking apart church families does not create love and harmony…



  7. 7

    I'm gay, and I'm NOT for gay marriage. Serious. Just wanted to say.



  8. 8

    Wow, butch much? I wish there were more lipstick lesbians. Why be butch??



  9. 9

    whatchu talkin' bout. she's hot.



  10. 10

    Go Amy! God loves all of us. Keep spreading the word.



  11. 11

    Re: justtfax – In the real world that we all live in, however, marriage is about the love and bond between 2 people that want to spend the rest of their lives together. It has nothing to do with being something that only serves as a purpose for producing children. Some people simply cannot produce children for whatever natural reasons, so who's to say that they can't get married just because some small-minded groups of sheeple seem to believe that the sole purpose of marriage is for producing children? Exactly. In the real world, marriage is about a bond of pure love shared by two people. It's a way to show your solidarity to another human being whom you love so much and wish to spend the rest of your life with, in good times and bad times, in sickness and in health, and ’til death do you part.



  12. 12

    going against the church policy is going against God.

    she needs to leave.



  13. 13

    Re: poodlewithamohawk – God does not bless same sex partners.

    read the Bible much???? moron



  14. 14

    Re: Team Kim Richards

    Does it elevate your sense of self to bash vulnerable people? Is it ok if they bash YOU back?



  15. 15

    sorry but that is wrong



  16. 16

    wow i don't agree with this at all. I think most gay people who go to church probably don't agree with this either. Considering the fact that the church still doesn't allow their leaders to have sex i think allowing gay marriage is something that shouldnt even be on the agenda.



  17. 17

    ew. that thing looks disgusting. being gay should be illegal.



  18. 18

    OK- I can understand why you may need to add the "Q" to LGBT in some instances, but not this one. I certainly hope that we don't have "Q"s out there getting married to ANY sexuality!



  19. 19

    Re: justtfax – I have never noticed before, but that is a VERY attractive kitty in your picture! :) My cats wear bells, too! Now, what exactly is that that he/she is sitting in???



  20. 20

    Re: BeautifulDisaster311 – Yeah, that's something I've never understood, either. I mean, I'm not gay, so I wouldn't know the whole deal…. but I thought that the whole point of being lesbian was because you liked other WOMEN?? Don't get me wrong, people come in many diffferent packages. Women don't necessarily have to be all ribbons and bows, but… Good God, look at her. You'd think that a lesbian would have attraction to someone that was more feminine! Hence the "fem" for FEMALE. But hopefully this woman has the best personality in the WORLD, because there certainly isn't much else that one would find attractive (at least in my opinion).



  21. 21

    Everyone has a choice.



  22. 22

    Re: Team Kim Richards – Kimmie, no need to be so mean. The Bible was written by men. God in the First Testament is quite different from God in the Second Testament. I am a devotee to the Virgin of Guadalupe and believe strongly in the power of women. If Gay Amy is preaching God's love, then she is doing God's work. Please don't reply back with another snarky remark. Peace out.



  23. 23

    Re: PlayingTheAngel – Yeah, I'm not either. And I don't know any so I can't ask them, lol. I guess it'll be an enigma to me for a while.