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United Methodists lift ban on LGBTQ clergy

Delegates at the United Methodist Church voted to repeal the ban on LGBTQ clergy, with overwhelming support. The church voted 692-51 to remove the rule banning “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” from being ordained or appointed. The change comes after some conservative members left the denomination, leading to a more progressive direction. While the vote does not explicitly affirm LGBTQ clergy, it no longer forbids them from serving within the church. The delegates will continue to vote on petitions to remove the denomination’s long-standing stance on homosexuality. The changes are historic, but have also led to the disaffiliation of conservative congregations.


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