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What is the Methodist Church's Position on Homosexuality?

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Question: What is the Methodist Church's Position on Homosexuality?
Many denominations have differing views on homosexuality. The Methodist Church is no different. There are even differing views among Methodist groups. What are the views of the Methodist Church about homosexuality?
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Like the Baptist Church the Methodist Church also has differing views on homosexuality. The Methodist Church of Great Britain has not taken a definitive stance on homosexuality, leaving biblical interpretation open. The church does denounce discrimination based on sexual orientation, and affirms homosexuals' participation in the ministry. However the church did recently prohibit the blessing of same sex marriages.

Meanwhile, the United Methodist Church does support the inclusion of homosexuals in the congregation, and homosexuals can take part in sacraments and programs. However, the UMC does state that "the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching," so the church does not allow homosexuals to become ordained ministers. The UMC will not conduct homosexual marriages and will not allow them to be held in their churches.

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