Methodists Reject Lifting of Ban on Same-Sex Marriage, Clergy

In what has become a hugely divisive issue in the church, United Methodists yesterday rejected a measure to lift its ban on same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy, USA Today reports. At a special session of its General Conference, delegates voted to uphold the church’s “Traditional Plan,” officially reinforcing its existing stance on the matter. Detractors say that adopting the Traditional Plan sends a hurtful message to LGBT members, and many had said they would be leaving the church if it passes. The plan was approved by a 438-384 margin of national delegates.

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