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Prohibit Support of Cohabitation (81166-FA-¶612)

Amend ¶612 by adding a new section 20:
    20.    To ensure that the annual conference offers no domestic partner benefits that conflict with our Church’s teaching that sexual relations are only clearly affirmed in the bond of marriage between one man and one woman.

Rationale

More than one U.S. annual conference has taken steps in recent years to provide benefits for unmarried but intimate domestic partners of lay employees, and some have argued that it is not clear if ¶612.19 applies.  Church resources should not be used to subsidize lifestyles contrary to Christian ethics.