The Traditional Plan — with some amendments — won approval in the General Conference legislative committee, clearing a major hurdle in The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking body.
The delegates also approved two plans that allow churches, with certain limitations, to leave the denomination with their property.
All the forwarded legislation still faces a vote in the General Conference plenary session on Feb. 26.
The legislative committee voted for the Traditional Plan, which seeks to strengthen enforcement of the denomination’s homosexuality prohibitions, as amended by 461 to 359.
Delegates approved amending two of the plan’s 15 petitions with the aim of addressing constitutional problems that the Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court, identified last year. The court had identified violations of the denomination’s constitution in multiple petitions.
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