4:30 p.m EDT June 22: Verdict in

To the gasps of some in the courtroom, a jury of 13 Wisconsin ordained elders found the Rev. Amy DeLong not guilty of being a “self-avowed practicing homosexual” by a vote of 12 to 1. However, the same jury unanimously found the Rev. DeLong guilty of performing a same-sex union in violation of church law.

Additional coverage will be provided as soon as possible.

United Methodist News Service reporter Heather Hahn and photographer Mike DuBose are covering the trial and will post coverage here as well as on the UMNS Facebook page and Flickr.

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