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Methodist pastors violating same-sex marriage rule

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- A growing number of pastors in the United Methodist Church say they will no longer obey a rule banning them from officiating same-sex marriages.

There has been little backlash from the denomination as many pastors have been marrying same-sex couples and conducting same-sex blessing ceremonies. Church trials of these pastors have been sporadic, once every few years, but that doesn't mean officials aren't recognizing the trials as a threat.

The Rev. Amy DeLong of Osceola, Wis., will start a three-day trial Tuesday on charges of violating a church prohibition on the ordination of "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" and marrying a lesbian couple.

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