Methodist churches wonder what’s next after vote upholds ban on same-sex marriages, gay clergy

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(KSHB) — Methodist churches around the nation are wondering what’s next.

“It was shocking, but also disheartening,” said Inoru Wade, board director for Kansas City’s Center for Inclusion.

Members of the LGBTQ+ group were surprised by Tuesday’s vote by the United Methodist Church to keep its ban on same-sex marriage and gay clergy members.

“Have the church turn around and vote in a manner that doesn’t give them an avenue to serve their community,” said Wade.

Pastor Adam Hamilton of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection was quick to speak out about the vote.

“I was deeply disappointed and a lot of our people were because it feels like to any of our LGBTQ members or family members or friends like this was approved decades ago. But, to re-approve this statement, it feels like to people that you are saying LGBTQ persons are second class in the church,” said Hamilton.

Hamilton said because of the vote, the church and his congregation now have to look at their options moving forward.

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