Demand that the United Methodist Church allow same sex marriage and gay clergy
Imagine being in love for almost 40 years, and the pastor of the church you regularly attend is unable to officiate your wedding. Sadly, this is the case for Alex and Taylor and their ongoing struggles with the United Methodist Church (UMC). Due to current UMC policies that prohibit same sex marriages, they can now be married in a court house, but not in our United Methodist Church.
The United Methodist Book of Discipline, since 1972, proclaims the practice of homosexuality “incompatible with Christian teaching” and prohibits United Methodist churches from hosting and performing “ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions.”
Despite this oppressive policy, Methodist clergy, such as Taylor and Alex’s pastor, would happily marry them but can not due to the regulations of the denomination. In addition, gay pastors who want to openly come out cannot do so because of these same oppressive UMC laws.
We hope that with enough support, we can convince voting UMC delegates attending the upcoming General Conference (May 2016) that this is a real issue in our church and that we need to change these policies for good.
According to a 2015 Gallup poll, more than 68% of the general public supports the legalization of same sex marriages. In addition, a 2015 Pew Research study shows that support for the gay and lesbian community has increased 20% over the past six years. At this rate, by 2020 more than three-fourths of the general population will be supportive of LGBTQ+ issues. This means that right now, Alex and Taylor’s marriage as well as gay clergy are more likely to find support in their local community, but not within the United Methodist Church.
If the UMC’s motto really is “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors,” then help us to stop the hypocrisy.
Please join with us, the youth of First United Methodist Church in Omaha, NE, in demanding that voting delegates attending this summer’s General Conference change the UMC’s policies to allow same sex marriage and gay clergy.
Sign our petition to the voting delegates, which reads:
“Join with us and vote to change the UMC policies to allow same sex marriage and gay clergy.”
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