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National Faith Leader Mourns UMC Ban on LGBTQ Clergy and Marriages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 27, 2019

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Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, (202)735-7123

National Faith Leader Mourns UMC Ban on LGBTQ Clergy and Marriages

Washington, D.C. — The General Conference of the United Methodist Church reaffirmed their ban on LGBTQ clergy and performing same-sex marriages yesterday, voting down plans that would have opened the church to inclusion.

Rev. Jennifer Butler, Presbyterian Pastor and CEO, Faith in Public Life:

“I mourn with my colleagues in the United Methodist Church for the decision to embrace anti-LGBTQ policies that have done unimaginable harm to countless families, communities and churches. The good news of the Gospel is love, justice and inclusion, not discrimination. I stand firmly with LGBTQ Methodists who continue to work for full equality as scripture calls us to do. You are loved by God and should be embraced by God’s Church.”

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