Nathan J Fish, The Republic

United Methodist Church upholds ban on LGBT marriage and clergy

March 02, 2019 - 6:59 pm

The most powerful Methodist pastors in the Kansas City area — and the nation — say they are prepared to secede from the second largest Protestant denomination in the world if their church does not renounce its anti-LGBT stance.

On Tuesday, the United Methodist Church voted to uphold its ban on same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBT clergy. Those who violate the policy could face possible excommuniation.   

With 12 million members worldwide, the church is the second largest Protestant denomination behind Southern Baptists.

The nearly 800 delegates ratified the so-called Traditional Plan with 53 percent of the vote.

The opposing measure aimed to remove language from church doctrine calling homosexuality “incompatible with Christian teaching” and to leave decisions on LGBT inclusion up to regional governing bodies.

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