U.S. High Court Rulings Impact Same-Sex United Methodist Couples



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Good News finally

The SCOTUS rulings are a form of managed social change which must occur gradually to be made to last. Thus, California will now have same sex marriages, but not the rest of the states which currently do not. This is good. It will mean not only LGBT folks, but persons who respect justice, and companies which want good workers, will relocate to the states which allow marriage and other states will suffer even as they must honor the marriages obtained in states which allow them under the U.S. Constitution's full faith and credit clause.

George N. Shuler, LCSW more than 1 year ago

Same Sex Marriage

I don't know a lot about central Mississippi, but here in urban Pennsylvania, we are very glad that the Supreme Court has acknowledged the justice of the claim that those who are denied marriage benefits are unjustly singled out in contravention of the First Amendment. We celebrate with the same sex couples who have found sanctuary and acceptance in many of our churches, and who have brought their families with them ( to the enormous benefit of our Sunday schools). We cherish one another and hope,pray and work for the time when then can find homes in any UM church, in any state of the United States, and finally in any country.

Anne Ewing more than 2 years ago

Same Sex marriage

Is the issue important enough to destroy another denomination? The Episcopal Church and the Lutheran Church, for all practical purpose, have been destroyed by this issue here in central Mississippi. Do we want to add the UMC to that list?
If you are going to ask any member of the Methodist church here in the hinter land, you will get the answer that a marriage is between a man and a woman, not a man with a man or a woman with a woman. And for us here, that also seems to be the Biblical answer.

Arthur Keith more than 2 years ago

A more appropriate answer...

...to those who say they are opposed to same-sex marriage: "You don't have to marry someone of the same sex if you don't want to."

Tom Griffith more than 2 years ago

Same sex marriage.

So we ignore not only the tradition of the church, but also what we have believed the Bible teaches on the subject. Explain to me how then we are the church if we decide what part of the Bible we accept and what part we do away with. I believe that at that point we have become a social organization, no longer the church of Jesus Christ.

Arthur Keith more than 2 years ago

Same-gender couples and 'The Church'

Have you forgotten that at one time The Methodist Church, along with other denominations,
quoted scripture to say that buying and selling and holding slaves was approved by scripture?
Later we understood that treating other humans that way was was NOT a Godly thing to do
and not the way Jesus would have us be.
Once women were second class citizens, not allowed to vote. Once women were second
class members of churches, not allowed to speak up, not allowed to be ordained.
Some day all of us will realize (admit) that same gender couples are not to be treated as
second class citizens. Our unions will be recognized, honored and blessed---same as those of our heterosexual brothers and sisters.

Elsie Gauley Vega more than 1 year ago

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– African Methodist Episcopal Bishop John Richard Bryant at the funeral of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, pastor of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, and one of the nine shooting victims.

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– J. R. Daniel Kirk, a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary who was denied tenure after participating in a panel on how to respond to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality. From his blog Storied Theology.

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