The Commission studied the issue for a year.
For some background on the Commission:
It's a decision that will reverberate beyond the confines of Methodism & its policies.
We are living in dangerous and reactionary times. Globally there has been marked trend of political and social regression. Everywhere there is a war on progress.
Too few religious leaders or denominations have countered evangelical support of Trump with a clear theological rebuttal, however.
Within Catholocism the Pope himself has made his disapproval of Trump's brand of politics known on several occasions.
Make no mistake, if the Conference votes to support internal bigotry it will be openly applauded by administration officials & will undoubtedly be seen as a validation of Trumpian values & policies.
@UMChurch made the decision to affirm the equality of women in the church at both the lay & clerical levels. They did so despite far more examples of biblical instruction running counter to this policy.
The 5-4 decision is a direct attack on the #LGBTQ community.