Local United Methodist church emphasizes equality after LGBTQ vote


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A local Methodist church in Austin spoke out after leaders from the United Methodist Church voted against easing restrictions on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriages.

The First United Methodist Church of Austin said they stand for full inclusion and equality and they don’t expect to change their stance after the vote.

Senior Pastor Taylor Fuerst said they are now reassuring their LGBTQ members they are still welcome.

“Nothing has changed for us that we love them we believe that God loves them and has always loved them we believe they were created this way and that their love and their leadership are needed in this church,” said Fuerst.

The First United Methodist Church of Austin decided to stop performing marriage ceremonies in 2017 until they’re allowed to perform ceremonies for same-sex couples.

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