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United Methodists confront possible split over LGBT issues

Posted at 1:40 PM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 13:40:15-05

The United Methodist Church will soon decide how to address deep divisions over same-sex marriage and gay ministers serving in the clergy.

The church's top legislative assembly gathers Sunday in St. Louis for a three-day meeting.

While other mainline Protestant denominations have embraced gay-friendly practices, the Methodist church still bans them. But acts of defiance by pro-gay clergy have multiplied and talk of a possible breakup of the church has intensified.

Church leaders will decide between three proposals at the gathering. Defections from the Methodist church are likely under any outcome.