Dallas church may leave United Methodist Church after ban on same-sex marriage, LGBT clergy
DALLAS - A Methodist church that is popular among the Dallas LGBT community met Sunday morning to discuss the landmark decision by the United Methodist Church on same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy.
Leaders at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church say they are upset over the national church's decision to ban LGBT clergy and same-sex marriages.
The vote came last week during an international conference in St. Louis.
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Delegates approved the so-called "Traditional Plan" by a vote of 438 to 384.
Two pastors at Oak Lawn United Methodist say their church will continue to accept all people, and they're not worried about repercussions.
“I want to see a church for all people,” said Rev. Rachel Baughman, senior pastor at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church. “I want to see a church that truly, truly welcomes all and loves all."
"If there are repercussion, we're not worried about it. We can't follow a rule that requires us to push people away," said Rev. Gregg Alan Smith, associate pastor at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church. "God knew me before the foundations of the world. He knew me before the general conference. He knew me before any of this, and so I'm going to live for God."
Leaving the United Methodist Church is under consideration, but for now, church leaders say they are not making any final decisions.