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Mike Tupper & Daughter

Photo Courtesy of Mike Tupper

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

Apr 14, 2016 4:21 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

U.S. Supreme Court

Photo by Clayton Childers, General Board of Church and Society.

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

Dec 18, 2015 8:00 AM In the World

Jesus Facepalm

Courtesy of Morgan Guyton

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

Oct 2, 2015 11:13 AM Advocating Justice

Court Rings Illustration

A UMNS photo illustration with photos by Mike DuBose, Kathleen Barry and Clayton Childers

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

Sep 17, 2015 2:10 PM Advocating Justice

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

Jul 20, 2015 3:16 PM Advocating Justice

U.S. Supreme Court

Photo by Clayton Childers, General Board of Church and Society.

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

Jun 26, 2015 4:37 PM 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

May 6, 2015 5:43 PM Perspectives

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

Mar 26, 2015 2:30 PM , Advocating Justice

Filter Focus

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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

Mar 20, 2015 11:37 AM

Wedding rings

Photo Courtesy of Craig L. Adams

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

Feb 26, 2015 2:56 PM Advocating Justice 4 Comments

Rollercoaster

Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Smith

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

Jan 16, 2015 10:45 AM Jeremy Smith 1 Comments

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

Jan 9, 2015 10:27 AM Jeremy Smith

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

Dec 11, 2014 5:05 PM Advocating Justice

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

Nov 12, 2014 9:06 PM Local Church

U.S. Supreme Court

USDA Photo by Ken Hammond

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

Oct 9, 2014 4:39 PM Advocating Justice 8 Comments

Dallas Wedding

UMNS Photo by Sam Hodges

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

Aug 12, 2014 3:03 PM In the Church

Schaefer Arch Street

UMNS Photo by Mike DuBose

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference has appealed the reinstatement of the Rev. Frank Schaefer, defrocked for officiating at his gay son's wedding, to the Judicial Council. more

Jul 25, 2014 9:49 AM In the Church

The Rev. Talbot Davis contends that those who change their positions on the inclusion of LGBT people in the life and ministry of The United Methodist Church have not done proper theology. more

May 3, 2014 5:22 PM Advocating Justice 3 Comments

Dallas Wedding

UMNS Photo by Sam Hodges

Dallas Area Bishop Michael McKee has confirmed that a "supervisory response" is under way in the complaint against the Rev. Bill McElvaney for officiating at the religious wedding of a gay couple. more

Mar 27, 2014 7:21 AM In the Church

Dallas Wedding

UMNS Photo by Sam Hodges

George Harris, 80, and Jack Evans, 84, who have been together for 53 years, affirmed their commitment March 1 in a religious ceremony led by the Rev. William K. McElvaney in defiance of United Methodist policy. more

Mar 2, 2014 8:02 AM In the Church