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United Methodists lift longstanding ban on LGBTQ clergy

United Methodist delegates at the General Conference, without debate, voted to repeal the ban on LGBTQ clergy, a rule that prohibited the ordination of “self-avowed practicing homosexuals.” The decision, passed with an overwhelming 692-51 vote, marked a significant shift towards a more progressive direction for the church. The change means that LGBTQ clergy are no longer forbidden, though it may mainly apply to U.S. churches. The conference also removed penalties for performing same-sex weddings and began dismantling other LGBTQ bans from church law. The changes have historic implications after decades of debate on LGBTQ issues within the denomination.


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