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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

United Methodist Now a ‘Welcoming Church’ for Gays

By James Lomuscio

The United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston at 49 Weston Road announced today that it is breaking with its denomination’s opposition to homosexuality and will perform gay marriage ceremonies as it becomes a “Welcoming Church.”

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The announcement follows a majority vote of its congregants on Sunday.

According to the Rev. Edward Horne, UMCWW pastor, the church came to this decision “following an extensive period of dialogue and discernment among its members,” by a vote of 94.6 percent favoring a “Welcoming Statement.”

“We affirm the sacred worth of all of God’s children and welcome people of all ages, races, abilities, sexual orientations and economic circumstances to join us in the membership, participation and leadership of our church,” it states in part.

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