During the 1996 United Methodist General Conference, delegates adopted a resolution stating: “Ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions shall not be conducted by our ministers and shall not be conducted in our churches.”
At each subsequent quadrennial general conference, homosexual activists have introduced resolutions aiming to remove traditionalist language on marriage from the Book of Discipline and institute same-sex rites. The resolutions have each failed, resulting in frustration on the part of progressives.
Because of their inability to alter the rules, homosexual activists are now attempting a new tactic: skirt around them. Even though church policy is written to broadly prevent any celebration of homosexual unions, a handful of liberal United Methodists churches are carefully tiptoeing around the language, suggesting that they are only “recognizing and honoring” such unions made elsewhere, not celebrating them.
Below are articles about the most recently flashpoint in the marriage controversy: Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. UMAction calls upon the leaders of Foundry UMC and the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference to end the “recognitions”, thereby returning to both the letter and spirit of church guidance.