National Faith Leader Mourns UMC Ban on LGBTQ
Clergy and Marriages
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2019
Michelle Nealy, firstname.lastname@example.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.”
Faith in Public Life is a national network of nearly 50,000 clergy and faith leaders united in the prophetic pursuit of justice and the common good.