UMC General Conference Denies Sexuality Amendment
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2008  - 2012
Description
Homosexuality remains a divisive issue in the United Methodist Church (UMC). Although many of its Mainline Protestant counterparts have allowed more permissive stances on homosexuality, UMC officials have retained a conservative position. Although homosexuals can be members, they are not allowed ordained leadership positions and UMC ministers are prohibited from conducting same-sex marriage ceremonies. Tensions continued to rise as some Methodist ministers have come out as gay and others have performed same-sex union ceremonies against the church’s official doctrine.

At the General Conferences of 2008 and 2012, attempts were made to alter language in the Book of Discipline regarding homosexuality. Pushes toward acknowledging disagreement on the issue and promoting a stance of "agree to disagree" ultimately failed. Proponents of revisions were devastated.

In 2016, General Conference delegates decided to put a hold on the sexuality debate for another time. While discussions have been delayed, the issue of homosexuality continues to divide the UMC.
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LGBTQ supporters protesting at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference- photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

LGBT supporter at the 2012 UMC General Conference- Flickr- photo by West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

UMC General Conference 2012- Flickr- photo by West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
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Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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