United Methodists repeals its church’s ban on LGBT clergy

Delegates of the United Methodists voted overwhelmingly to repeal its opposition to LGBT clergy on Wednesday.

The vote at the church’s General Conference, which tallied 692-51, saw the church remove its ban on “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” from serving in the church as ordained or appointed ministers. This new rule will go into effect starting Friday when the General Conference will finish.

“With the approvals and acceptance of the things today by the General Conference, we’re beginning to see the unwinding, unraveling, dismantling of the heterosexism, the homophobia, the hurt, and the harm of The United Methodist Church,” said Rev. David Meredith, a gay and retired elder.

A convention goer wears a button supporting LGBTQ clergy at the United Methodist Church General Conference Wednesday, May 1, 2024, in Charlotte, N.C. United Methodist delegates repealed their
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