Family Equality Responds to United Methodist Church Vote in Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage and LGBTQ Clergy

NEW YORK — In response to news that the United Methodist Church voted to emphasize its opposition to same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy, Family Equality Council CEO The Rev. Stan J. Sloan issued the following statement:

“This decision by the United Methodist Church is disappointing for all LGBTQ families, but it is truly heartbreaking for those who have found their spiritual home in the United Methodist tradition. As an Episcopal priest and as a Board Member of Union Theological Seminary, I feel confident that future leaders of the United Methodist tradition will look back on this decision with shame and regret.

“In the meantime, Family Equality stands in support of our Methodist families and the decisions they face, to either remain with a tradition they have loved or to move their worship home to communities that celebrate and embrace their relationships and their children.”

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