The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Benefit extended

Same-sex partners can’t marry in a United Methodist Church. But if one of the partners works at one of the denomination’s 13 general agencies, the couple can get benefits if state laws allow it. The decision, made at an April meeting of the UMC’s Judicial Council in Little Rock, Ark., affirms one made in October by the its General Council on Finance and Administration, which expanded the definition of “spouse” to include same-sex spouses and partners. While some welcomed the Judicial Council’s decision, other decried it.


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