Methodist Conference votes to re-examine definition of marriage

The Methodist Conference has voted in favour of the Church reassessing its position on same-sex marriage.

Its current definition says marriage is “intended to be a permanent relationship between a man and a woman…”

At the annual meeting of its Conference at Westminster Central Hall in London, the Methodist Church’s Marriage and Relationships Task Group presented the findings of a two-year consultation on the issue.

Setting out his conclusions from the report which involved more than 8,000 people, chair Revd Graham Carter said there was “a clear mandate” to “revisit” the Church’s definition of marriage through “a theological re-examination.”


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