Same-sex clergy couple marries in Seattle

By Heather Hahn -

“I won’t live my life without her no matter what happens,” said the Rev. Joanne Carlson Brown of her partner, the Rev. Christie Newbill.

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The Rev. Joanne Carlson Brown (left), Thistle the Wonder Westie and the Rev. Christie Lagergren Brown. Photo courtesy of the Browns.

The two United Methodist pastors made that promise before God and each other in a wedding Dec. 7 that drew more than 300 people to Tibbetts United Methodist Church in Seattle. The district superintendent for the two pastors, the Rev. Patricia Simpson, officiated.

Their promise means they will face whatever happens to them because they have disregarded The United Methodist Church’s ban on same-sex unions. Simpson could face charges under church law for officiating. It also is against church law for a same-sex ceremony to be held in a United Methodist church.

Read more at UM Connections.


  1. WAD says:

    This has been discussed extensively at UM Reporter. The stark disregard for the church that they vowed to uphold and defend is as blatant as is possible. The two “married” people declared their master up front, that being themselves. At any other organization in the world, all three involved would already be long gone. Then, the gay agenda people have the audacity to call the church intolerant of their movement.

  2. Bill says:

    Many saints in the early days of Christianity felt that their love for Jesus superceded any earthly love affair they might desire to have, and so declared their celibacy as a fulfillment of Romans 12:1. Are we so enlightened today that we no longer need scripture or tradition? (two of the four legs of the Methodist Quadrilateral)

  3. “I won’t live my life without her no matter what happens,’ ” said the Rev. Joanne Carlson Brown of her partner, the Rev. Christie Newbill. ”

    Here is the heart of the problem: Joanne wants to be a lesbian first, a Christian second.

  4. Phil says:

    More and more it looks like the historic UMC is going to have to leave and start our own, new evangelical branch. Kinda sad… but we must stand up for truth and the historic faith…

    • Wil says:

      Why should the historic UMC leave and start a new branch?? The discipline hasn’t changed. It’s the members that don’t want to follow the discipline that need to start their own branch.

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