Florida Methodist Church Rejects National Vote
Recently, United Methodist Church leaders decided to tighten restrictions on LGBT issues, such as deciding that regional Methodist churches are now not allowed to decide on whether or not they’re allowed to ordain LGBT people in relationships and to officiate same-sex weddings. However, the Allendale United Petersburg, Florida rejected this decision, according to The Tampa Bay Times.
Reverend Andy Oliver plans to hold a special service on Sunday in which he will invite “all of our community partners to come to grieve and celebrate together who we (United Methodist) are.” He also noted that denominations in the US have always defied LGBTQ policies and that will not change and that he has been officiating same-sex marriages. He said “The church calls us, when we see laws that are unjust, to dissent. So I