Methodist church in D.C. to recognize gay unions

Clintons' former congregation
A United Methodist congregation in Washington, D.C., the church attended by President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton, has changed its policy to recognize—but not “celebrate”—same-gender partnerships.

Foundry United Methodist Church’s senior pastor, Dean Snyder, announced the plan to begin leading services that “recognize and honor lesbian and gay committed relationships.” The congregation would join what United Methodist News Service called “a handful” of congregations in the denomination that follow this practice.

Snyder advised his congregation last November that the services would not be “ceremonies that celebrate” homosexual partnerships. He cited the UMC Book of Discipline’s sanction against clergy performing marriage-like ceremonies for same-sex couples.


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