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United Methodists start reversing long-held anti-LGBTQ policies

United Methodist delegates at the General Conference voted overwhelmingly, 667-54, to reverse long-standing anti-LGBTQ policies. This includes removing mandatory penalties for conducting same-sex marriages, lifting bans on LGBTQ candidates for ministry, and funding gay-friendly ministries. The changes aim to be more LGBTQ-affirming by repealing bans on promoting acceptance of homosexuality and expanding diversity on church boards. The conference saw a significant departure of conservative congregations in recent years, leading to a more progressive makeup of delegates. Further votes are expected on bans regarding LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriage. The denomination faces potential splits with international churches, especially in Africa.


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