USA: Southwestern Methodist Conference Supports Marriage Equality

Written by scott on July 4th, 2013

Methodist Church LogoThe Methodist Church (or a part of it) is moving toward support for marriage equality. The Christian Post reports:

The Ariz.-centered Desert Southwest Annual Conference of the UMC passed the resolution Sunday which expresses both support for same-sex marriage and for clergy who perform gay marriage ceremonies. “RESOLVED that the Desert Southwest Annual Conference and the United Methodist Churches of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference make a public statement supporting and upholding Marriage Equality,” reads the resolution in part. “…[we] will support our clergy who take the bold and faithful stand to minister to all equally and include all in the life of the church, which includes but is not limited to, conducting ceremonies which celebrate homosexual unions; or performing same-sex wedding ceremonies where it is civically legal to do so.”

It’s a small but important step forward for a denomination that has been on the fence on marriage equality for a long time.

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