United Methodists Repeal Longstanding Ban On LGBTQ Clergy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — United Methodist delegates have repealed their church’s longstanding ban on LGBTQ clergy with no debate.

They removed a rule forbidding “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” from being ordained or appointed as ministers.

Delegates voted 692-51 at their General Conference — the first such legislative gathering in five years.

That overwhelming margin contrasts sharply with the decades of controversy around the issue.

Past General Conferences of the United Methodist Church had steadily reinforced the ban and related penalties amid debate and protests.

But many of the conservatives who had previously upheld the ban have left the denomination in recent years, and this General Conference has moved in a solidly progressive direction.


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