Evangelicals ready to walk as Methodist Church approves same-sex marriage

Evangelicals ready to walk as Methodist Church approves same-sex marriage from Christian Today

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Evangelicals in the Methodist Church are weighing up whether to stay or go after the Conference voted overwhelmingly in favour of a resolution to permit gay wedding ceremonies in its churches and chapels.

Resolution 59/8 was passed on Wednesday by 254 votes in favour, and 46 against.

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It consents in principle to the marriage of same-sex couples on Methodist premises throughout the Connexion and by Methodist ministers, probationers or members.

The resolution is based on the recommendations in God in Love Unites Us, the divisive 2019 report that first proposed gay marriage ceremonies and recognition for co-habiting partners.

Conservative ministers will not be compelled to conduct a same-sex marriage ceremony against their conscience.

However, a request that they be allowed to leave the Methodist Church with their property and assets was rejected.

Earlier in the proceedings, Conference also voted to affirm cohabiting couples.

Conference rejected a separate proposal that further work be done – as recommended by the Church’s Faith and Order Committee – before a final vote.

A spokesman for the Methodist Church said the first gay marriages are now expected to take place in the autumn.

The vote followed an impassioned debate in which supporters argued that the Church was already living with “contradictory convictions” on issues like divorce, and that gay marriage should be no different.

But evangelicals spoke of the possibility of leaving the Church over the issue.

John Izzard, of Southampton District, said, “Members have already left and others are seriously considering their position.”

Others said they were determined to remain, come what may.

Paul Smith, of Plymouth and Exeter District, implored evangelical ministers not to resign

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