Some supporters of greater LGBT inclusion were in tears, while others vented their anger after delegates, on a vote, defeated a proposal that would have let regional and local church bodies decide for themselves on gay-friendly policies. Delegates then took up a competing measure, known as the Traditional Plan, that would tighten enforcement of the LGBT bans and encourage Methodists who oppose those policies to leave the church. It won majority support in a preliminary vote on Monday. The deep split within the church was evident in several fiery speeches opposing the Traditional Plan. Many supporters of the more liberal plan stood in support as Berlin spoke. Some wore rainbow-motif garments or sat behind rainbow banners.
Salem Methodist churches will continue welcoming LGBTQ clergy, performing same-sex marriages
After Disagreements Over LGBTQ Clergy, U.S. Methodists Move Closer To Split | Vermont Public Radio
Protestors chant during the United Methodist Church's special session of the general conference in St. Louis, Tuesday, Feb. America's second-largest Protestant denomination faces a likely fracture as delegates at the crucial meeting move to strengthen bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT clergy. Scores of congregations have raised rainbow flags, watched young and old stage protests and even defied church code by officiating over gay marriages.
Methodists strengthen stance against gay marriage and openly LGBT clergy
Four months after the United Methodist Church strengthened a ban on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex weddings, deep dissension over the move has brought the denomination closer to a formal split. Progressive and conservative church leaders alike are increasingly convinced that their differences are irreconcilable. Conservative delegates from Africa and Asia, a growing bloc within the church, joined forces at the conference with U. Over the past four weeks, U.
CNN United Methodist churches and clergy could face removal from the denomination if they do not affirm its stance against gay marriage and noncelibate LGBT clergy by The church reached the decision in a vote at a General Conference in St. Louis on Tuesday. If there is nothing to hide, there is no need to fear an ethics investigation. God weeps.