United Methodist Church Votes Against Gays and Lesbian Ministers

United Methodist Church Votes Against Gays and Lesbian Ministers

Rev. Karen T. Dammann

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Meeting in Pittsburgh, delegates to the United Methodist Church's highest legislative body approve a statement that opposes the inclusion of gays and lesbians as ministers.

According to the Methodist statement:

"The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore, self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be accepted as candidates, ordained as ministers or appointed to serve in the United Methodist Church."

Regional bodies within the church are also denied the authority to make their own decisions on how to deal with gay pastors.

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