"The General Conference, which meets every four years, is the only assembly that can set policy for the 7.9 million-member church. It includes delegates from all 50 states and 66 overseas regional jurisdictions.
"However, delegates did adopt a resolution by a 3-to-2 margin opposing homophobia and 'heterosexism.'"
[For the full article, see here.]
The last line is probably the most damning of this whole policy regarding LGBT people of the United Methodist Church. The opposition to homophobia and heterosexism only passed by a 3-to-2 margin! What an indictment against that denomination!
And it's important to underscore that the Methodist Church is one of the so-called "liberal" denominations within the institutional Church!
Despite the fact that there are "Reconciling Churches" within the Methodist denomination, the fact is that there really isn't any desire for full and equal sacramental rights exhibited by most of the leaders and representatives of that denomination; the logo for the Methodist Church that reads, "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors" is nothing but a sham!
These hearts, minds, and doors seem to be open to all who are seemingly heterosexual but, except for some Reconciling congregations, those hearts, minds, and doors are slammed shut for God's LGBT children.
If these representatives who just met yesterday in Fort Worth, Texas had even a scintilla's worth of understanding of the Gospel message, they would not have voted the way they did, and every clergy person within that denomination would be hanging their heads in shame.
To say that most of the institutional Church is nothing short of a disgrace when it comes to civil and sacramental rights for minorities is a gross understatement.
Church leaders such as these offend all LGBT people; they offend the pastors within and without the Methodist Church who are Godly men and women who are truly embarrassed by this state of affairs; they offend all Christians worthy of the name; most importantly, they offend God Himself!