|May 11, 2000 GC-058
Delegates reject program to help people leave homosexuality
CLEVELAND (UMNS) United Methodists declined May 10 to support a request that would have established a specific denominational program aimed at "persons who seek to leave or not start the practice of homosexuality."
The vote came during the May 2-12 meeting of General Conference, the denominations highest legislative body.
By a 78 percent vote, delegates approved a committee recommendation not to support the petition, which would have directed the United Methodist Board of Discipleship to create and implement the program.
In another action on the homosexuality issue, delegates tabled a petition that would move the prohibition against pastors performing same-sex union ceremonies from the churchs Social Principles, contained in the Book of Discipline, to the section on special provisions for ordained ministry. The petition, which had gone to the Higher Education Committee, will be held until similar petitions from the Faith and Order Committee can be presented.
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