Leaders from the United Methodist Church confer during the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Missouri, on February 26, 2019 via CNN
Earlier this week, the United Methodist Church voted to maintain its ban on same-sex marriage as well as LGBTQ clergy members. This anti-progressive decision passed with a vote of 438 to 384.
"Our views on same-sex marriage have not changed. We will continue to welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer persons to our churches and affirm their sacred worth." ~ United Methodist Church statement via CNN
15,000 young United Methodists in Kansas had signed a petition opposing the ban. The alternative was to let local churches have the power to perform same-sex weddings and hire openly LGBTQ clergy. Instead, they voted to maintain a clear global policy against same-sex marriage and will require all United Methodist churches to affirm this ban by 2021.