After three days of intense debate at a conference in St. Follow Samuel Smith on Twitter: The United Methodist Church is meeting in St. Some 30 percent of General Conference delegates come from Africa, where the majority of nations criminalize same-sex behavior. The church is scheduled to vote Tuesday about which plan to pursue. The decision, passed in a 53 percent to 47 percent vote, is the latest eruption in the fight over the future of American Christianity and over whose views of human sexuality are enshrined as Christian.
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He knew at age 10 that he was gay but said he didn't have the words for it. Oliveto expects debate over biblical interpretation and understandings of God to continue well beyond the General Conference. He announced that he is gay during a church panel on sexuality last yearand he is under appointment to Reconciling Ministries Network. Engaging in sexual relationships outside monogamous heterosexual marriage is a bar to ordained ministry.
But he had reached a spiritual impasse in which he could no longer deny his true identity.