Gay Agenda Setback: United Methodist Regional Body Enforces Noncelibate Gay Clergy Ban after First Resisting Church Rule

In 2016, the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference of the UMC joined a few other regional bodies in refusing to enforce the UMC Book of Discipline’s ban on clergy who are “self-avowed practicing homosexuals.” However, Baltimore-Washington Area Bishop LaTrelle Easterling has ruled that two individuals approved by the Board of Ordained Ministry for ordination and commissioning are ineligible due to violating the “practicing homosexuals” ban. Bishop Easterling said that while she does not agree with the current Book of Discipline’s position on ordination standards, “In my opinion, when we pick and choose how and when we will uphold it, we begin the slippery slope toward chaos,” said Easterling.
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