Scott Neuman. The denomination, with some 13 million members worldwide, is experiencing a major internal rift over same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy. A local church in Georgia that supports LGBTQ rights says it is splitting from the United Methodist Church, becoming the first congregation in the country to act on a growing rift between progressives and conservatives within the denomination. Asbury Memorial Church in Savannah announced Thursday that it was disaffiliating with the UMC, which moved last year to reaffirm rather than drop a ban on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex weddings, disappointing many liberal-minded congregants. The church said in a statement that it believes it is the first U.
United Methodist Church Announces Proposal to Split Over Gay Marriage
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Meg Anderson. A rainbow gay pride flag flies below the U. The United Methodist Church announced a proposal Friday to split the denomination over what it called "fundamental differences" regarding its beliefs on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy. The proposal, signed by 16 church leaders from around the world, will be voted on at the church's general conference in May.
While most Christian churches ban the ordination of sexually active LGB clergy because they view homosexuality as incompatible with biblical doctrine and do not allow those identifying as transgender to be ordained for the same reason,  a growing number of churches are allowing openly LGBT clergy to serve. In , the United Church of Christ became the first mainline Protestant denomination in the United States to ordain an openly gay clergy person. The Episcopal Church in the United States and the Christian Church Disciples of Christ have also allowed ordination of openly gay and lesbian candidates for ministry for some years.
The blessing of same-sex marriages and same-sex unions is an issue about which Christian churches are in ongoing disagreement. These disagreements are primarily centered on the interpretation of various scripture passages related to homosexuality , and in some churches on varying understandings of homosexuality in terms of psychology , genetics and other scientific data. While various Church bodies have widely varying practices and teachings, individual Christians of every major tradition are involved in practical orthopraxy discussions about how to respond to the issue.