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United Methodists start to revert longtime anti-LGBTQ policies

United Methodist delegates vote without debate to reverse anti-LGBTQ policies, removing mandatory penalties for same-sex marriages and lifting bans on LGBTQ candidates for ministry and funding gay-friendly ministries. The General Conference votes indicate a shift towards LGBTQ-affirming policies, potentially prompting international church departures, particularly in Africa. The conference also approves removing the bans on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriage, replacing outdated language rejecting homosexuality with more inclusive terms. Proposed changes will allow regional autonomy for U.S. churches, affecting LGBTQ policies. Conservative churches depart, reducing United Methodist membership, as the denomination navigates historic policy changes.


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