After three days of intense debate at a conference in St. Now, a divide of the United Methodist Church, which has 12 million members worldwide, appears imminent. Some pastors and bishops in the United States are already talking about leaving the denomination and possibly creating a new alliance for gay-friendly churches. Mike Slaughter, pastor emeritus of Ginghamsburg Church in Ohio, said in a phone interview from the floor of the conference. The decision, passed in a 53 percent to 47 percent vote, is the latest eruption in the fight over the future of American Christianity and over whose views of human sexuality are enshrined as Christian. Conservatives have left the Episcopal Church over gay rights, Presbyterians have split, and many young evangelicals are leaving their churches over the lack of inclusion of L.
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In they were also the first to call for full inclusion of transgender clergy and members. The UCC was also the first Protestant denomination to recognize same-sex marriage. However, no more were nominated or elected and in a moratorium on the nomination of LGBT bishops was passed see below.
While other mainline Protestant denominations — such as the Episcopal and Presbyterian U. Several Methodist leaders said they expect a wave of departures from the church regardless of the decision. Formed in a merger in , the United Methodist Church claims about In size, it trails only the Southern Baptist Convention among U. Protestant denominations.