Bishops Announce Constitutional Amendment Results

Two Amendments to Protect Women, Girls Narrowly Defeated

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Motivation

“While we are not completely clear concerning the motivation that caused them to miss the two-thirds required majority by slim margins, we want to be clear that we are unequivocal in our commitment to the equality of women and their full inclusion in our Church,” said the Council statement.

Really? This isn't clear? Obviously, the individuals who voted against the amendments are one and the same as those who voted against rights for our GLBT population.

It's all about control, folks. These naysayers are consumed with the desire to maintain control over others.

Evil, it is.

Ben 16 days ago

Amendments

These amendments got a lot of discussion at the annual conference I attended. Some thought that the marital status protection was an end run around the prohibition on same sex marriage given that it is now legal in this country. The "explainers" of the amendment did not respond to those who asked that. They said that this was driven by the policy of some African bishops who refuse to ordain pastor candidates who are divorced. Apparently they take the words of Jesus about marriage more seriously than we do here and these amendments would correct that injustice.

Kevin 19 days ago

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Thank yoiu

Dave Whitlock 19 days ago

Narrowly defeated?

People saw through the veiled attempt. Sorry, people knew exactly to whom the amendments were referring and it wasn't women. They weren't narrowly defeated.

Sandra 20 days ago

Yes, they were narrowly defeated

Amendment 1 was defeated by only 0.2% for the 2/3 majority required. Amendment 2, the defeat was larger. Even at that, 61.3% voted to approve the amendment. Most of the opposition to those two amendments came from the African Central Conferences.

John Astle (United Methodist Insight) 20 days ago