What Same Gender Ban? Couple Renews Vows

Dumbarton United Methodist Church responded to its national denomination's tougher rules on Sunday by celebrating the 32nd year of supporting gay, lesbian and other people and welcoming two women members to repeat their wedding vows.

The Georgetown church’s Reconciling Sunday event came just five days after the General Conference of the United Methodist Church reinforced its ban on same-gender weddings and its refusal to ordain LGBTQIA+ people as clergy.

With their two small children by their side, Amy Stapleton and Jennifer Stapleton restated wedding vows on the 15th anniversary of their wedding in San Francisco and the 20th year of being together. A large Mardi Gras style party was held afterward.

The service was led by the Rev. Mary Kay Totty, who had just returned from the General Conference in St. Louis. “”For many of us, the United Methodist Church died this week,” she said. “We repudiate the actions of the General Conference and claim God’s love for all people. We are not about to stop now.”

 

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