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The Church and Human Sexuality


On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. United Methodists had varied reactions to the ruling with bishops within the United States sharing their opinions and advice for clergy about what they can and cannot do in light of the ruling.

The United Methodist Church affirms “that sexuality is God’s good gift to all persons. We call everyone to responsible stewardship of this sacred gift.” This affirmation is part of the denomination’s Social Principles. The United Methodist Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions describe the church’s beliefs and teachings on sexuality. Read a backgrounder.

Conversation continues among United Methodists regarding the church’s official position on human sexuality. The church’s legislative assembly has shaped this position over a period of four decades, and the issue continues to be debated. Survey data from United Methodist Communications found that about 41 percent of U.S. members agree with the church’s ban on same-sex marriage, while 42 percent disagree with it. The global denomination has about 7.3 million members in the United States. 

This section of outlines information, resources, and headlines related to the topic of Human Sexuality. We invite you to learn more about the official position of the church.

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