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Just as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Fannie Lou Hamer challenged an American system that shut out some citizens, two United Methodist congregations have voted to challenge the United Methodist ban on same-gender marriages. more

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Reconciling Ministries Network, an unofficial United Methodist caucus of LGBTQ people and their allies, contends that firing local pastor Anna Golladay for peforming a same-gender wedding has harmed the churches she served. more

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Anna Golladay

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Former licensed local pastor Anna Golladay, fired for performing a same-gender wedding, gives a first-person account of the event. more

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An anti-religious-bigotry leader argues that a case now before the U.S. Supreme Court of a baker refusing service to a gay couple threatens the bedrock tenets of the First Amendment to treat people of varied beliefs equally. more

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Mike Tupper & Daughter

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Still camping out to protest The United Methodist Church's stances against homosexual practice, the Rev. Mike Tupper contends the proposed Covenantal Unity Plan would only worsen the UMC's "civil war." more

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U.S. Supreme Court

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The U.S. Supreme Court's 5 to 4 ruling that legalized marriage for gay and lesbian couples topped 26 major stories including growing anti-Muslim sentiments, terrorist attacks and mass shootings. more

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Jesus Facepalm

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Meeting someone isn't the same as endorsing their actions, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton about the uproar over Pope Francis meeting Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refuses to give marriage licenses to gay couples. more

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Court Rings Illustration

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United Methodists' views on the acceptability of same-gender relationships has changed little since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality, according to polling done by United Methodist Communications. more

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A baptismal celebration for three adopted boys marks the culmination of years of love, as the Rev. Nancy DeStefano says in her sermon. more

Advocating Justice

U.S. Supreme Court

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United Methodists are weighing in on how the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court decision that rules marriage to be a civil right for LGBT people will affect discussion of the UMC's anti-gay doctrines at the 2016 General Conference more

In the Church

Watching demonstrations April 28 as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on same-gender marriage, Chett Pritchett of the Methodist Federation for Social Action ponders the interwoven nature of human injustice. more

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LGBTQ Acceptance

Pew Research Center Chart

The Pew Research Center recently compiled a chart of current standings among American Christian churches on their acceptance or rejection of same-gender marriage. more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith contrasts the recent decision of the Presbyterian Church USA to redefine marriage as a union of two people with the UMC's anti-LGBT stances. more

Wedding rings

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Craig L. Adams outlines how conservative Christians view marriage and why they tend to oppose same-sex marriage despite its increasing acceptance across the United States. more

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Rollercoaster

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Reactions to the just resolution of a complaint against Bishop Mel Talbert for officiating at a same-gender wedding prompt the Rev. Jeremy Smith to suggest a way off the roller-coaster battle over LGBT acceptance. more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith takes stock of the developments of what he calls "Methodism 2.0" over the past 12 months. more

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Even in ultra-conservative Oklahoma, Jason Kennard-Martin was finally able to marry his longtime partner, Will – but not in their own United Methodist congregation. more

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Green Street UMC

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A gay couple who are members of a United Methodist congregation in North Carolina have filed a complaint against their pastor because he refused to officiate at their wedding, in keeping with United Methodist policy. more

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U.S. Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court's Oct. 6 decision to refuse appeals of rulings upholding same-sex marriage prompts the Rev. Sarah J. Rohret to call for equally bold action by United Methodist leaders. more

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Dallas Wedding

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Still facing a complaint for leading a same-gender wedding ceremony in March, the Rev. Dr. William K. McElvaney has entered hospice care for untreatable cancer. more

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