United Methodist Church keeps ban on same sex marriage
WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – The United Methodist Church voted to continue its opposition to same sex marriage and ordination of LGBT people as clergy.
Farley Stuart is a pastor at an United Methodist Church in Winchester and he says this has been a topic of conversation for over forty years.
When he saw the vote results, he says he wasn’t surprised because this is the church’s tradition.
He believes this decision will influence people to leave the church and possibly not come at all, but he wants the public to know they will never turn someone away that wants to attend church.
“I would like people to know that our church has the belief that all people are of worth, and loved by God, and that we are in ministry to share Christ and love with all people,” said Pastor Farley Stuart, Winchester First United Methodist Church.
United Methodist Church is the third largest faith community in America according to the Washington Post.