Thursday, May 01, 2014

The United Methodist Church, the third largest Christian group in the United States, defrocked a pastor in December who violated the denomination’s ban on presiding over same-sex nuptials. But months later, new regulations governing benefits for gay staff members could leave some activists rejoicing.
According to the new-found rules, if a spouse works at one of the United Methodist Church’s 13 general agencies — boards that carry out the denomination’s work — his or her loved one can now receive benefits so long as the state he or she lives in allows same-sex marriage, reported Religion News Service.
The controversial new policy was enacted at last week’s United Methodist Church Judicial Council meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas — a move that comes after the definition of “spouse” was apparently changed by the denomination’s General Council on Finance and Administration late last year.
The entire article can be read here.

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