The United Methodist Church is one of those denominations that (believes it) practices “love the sinner, hate the sin” when it comes to homosexuality. They won’t let “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” into the clergy, they won’t perform gay weddings, and their official guidebook (PDF) says this:
The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and consider this practice incompatible with Christian teaching.
Oh, but they’ll totally take money from gay parishioners. That’s perfectly fine.
The New York Times‘ Sharon Otterman has a story in Monday’s paper about Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Ogletree, a retired Methodist minister who performed the marriage of his gay son. Not surprisingly, the church wants him punished:
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