The Methodist Church is one of the many religious groups in the world that condone same-sex marriage. The church has been known to make statements about homosexuality and same-sex marriages for decades, but how do they approach these issues now?
The Pope has been quoted as saying "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?" The Pope's words are a step in the right direction. It seems like he might be moving towards acceptance of homosexuality. But not so fast, Francis! Vatican is still condemning same-sex relationships in the world by calling them "objectively disordered." If you keep up this homophobic attitude, we'll just have to keep on judging you.
So the separation will take place. The United Methodist Church will separate into two distinct movements: one in favor of marriage equality and the LGBTQ+ clergy; and the other, more traditionalist, that will continue to oppose them.