United Methodists Eliminate Anti-LGBTQ Policies

Decades of battle, schism, heartache, and a win for inclusion within the church

Sarah Stankorb
5 min readMay 7, 2024

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Foreground: Rev. David Meredith, an openly gay UMC minister who has faced church trials and so-called traditionalists’ efforts to purge the denomination of queer clergy, looks on as votes for inclusion are totaled. PHOTO CREDIT: Reconciling Ministries Network

Last week, United Methodist Church (UMC) delegates voted to repeal the denomination’s prohibition against LGBTQ clergy, the ban on clergy performing same-sex weddings, and removed 52-year-old language that called “the practice of homosexuality……

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Sarah Stankorb

Sarah Stankorb, author of Disobedient Women, has published with The Washington Post, Marie Claire, and many others. @sarahstankorb www.sarahstankorb.com