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The Rev. Amanda Stein was in the middle of preaching a sermon last Sunday when one of her closest friends called and left a message on her cellphone.
The friend and her partner had been issued a marriage license in Dane County, part of the wave of same-sex couples taking that step after a federal judge ruled Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriages unconstitutional. The friend wanted to know if Stein would perform the ceremony.
“I was just thrilled — how could you have such terrific friends and say no to them?” said Stein, an associate pastor at Sun Prairie United Methodist Church. “So it was absolutely a yes. Then some back-of-the-mind questions surfaced.”
Stein’s denomination prohibits pastors from performing same-sex marriages and has defrocked some and put others on trial for doing so.
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