Archived from the original on 9 May This may provide a model which other mainline denominations can choose to follow to avoid schism. They generally base their beliefs mainly on their interpretation of the six " clobber passages " in the Bible which they interpret as condemning all same-sex sexual behavior. In Julyclergy and laity in the United States voted to reject the three-year moratorium on the consecration of gay clergy as bishops. The legalization of same-gender Civil Partnerships in Scotland in brought the issue to a head again, this time over the question of whether Church of Scotland ministers are allowed to conduct and also have the right to decline to perform union ceremonies between two persons of the same gender. Retrieved 15 October
On May 7, the Bishops in the United Methodist Church, a denomination long divided on questions of LGBT equality, have proposed allowing individual pastors and regional church bodies to decide whether to ordain LGBT clergy and perform same-sex weddings.
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Christianity and sexual orientation Christianity and homosexuality Christianity and transgender people. Retrieved 20 January If a schism occurrs in the PCUSA's immediate future, this amendment and any accomodation of the denomination with same-sex marriage will probably trigger it. The Church of Sweden elected its first lesbian bishop. Archived from the original on 16 February Australia church accepts gay priests". Retrieved 5 June
The debate over whether gays should be ordained as ministers has led to sharp divisions within several Protestant faiths. If she was female, she remains female. The debate reached a crisis point in the late 's when the opposing sides became roughly equal in influence. In July the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada decided to accept gay, lesbian, and bisexual clergy in sexually active monogamous relationships. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.