Methodist Church Refuses to Hold Any Weddings until Same-Sex Marriage is Allowed
First United Methodist Church in Austin voted on Sept. 24 to briefly cease wedding ceremonies. The team voted 93 percent in favour.
Taylor Fuerst, the church’s senior pastor, said that he expects the vote “would have a unifying effect on the group.”
“It communicates even more to our city that if you are in the LGBTQ community that you are not tolerated here, but embraced,” he explained.
Currently, the Methodist church prohibits unions from being achieved by pastors or taking place. The denomination’s Book of Discipline, that modulates the Methodist church, also states that homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching.”
Congregations are not required to hold weddings.
“This vote shows that our associates are prepared to forfeit a position of privilege in order to remain in solidarity with those who are discriminated against,” explained Davis Covin, who was on the Austin church discernment team. “I feel this also serves as a excellent example to your children and youth in our church by demonstrating that our members strive for social equality and justice for all God’s children.”
11 United Methodist churches have agreed to quit wedding ceremonies until the denominations lifts the ban on transgender weddings.
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Publication date: October 4, 2017