Headline RoundupMay 3rd, 2024

United Methodists Remove Official Language Denouncing Homosexuality

Summary from the AllSides News Team

United Methodist delegates voted to remove language condemning homosexuality from their official social teachings on Thursday, a day after voting to remove a ban on gay clergy. 

Key Quotes: The restrictions ended on Wednesday had banned “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” from being ordained as ministers. The language removed on Thursday had deemed “the practice of homosexuality” to be “incompatible with Christian teaching.” Delegates also approved a new formal definition of marriage as between “two people of faith.”

How the Media Covered It: While AP (Lean Left bias) said the United Methodists removed “anti-gay language” and called the conference “overwhelmingly progressive,” The Washington Times (Lean Right bias) — which has its own religious ties — highlighted previous “mass defections by conservative-leaning congregations” and said the conference’s decisions “will likely lead to a further schism.”

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