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Human Sexuality (81325-C2-¶161.G)

Amend ¶161.G as follows:
  
  G) Human Sexuality-We recognize...
Homosexual persons no less than heterosexual persons are individuals of sacred worth. All persons need the ministry and guidance of the church in their struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self. The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and consider this practice incompatible with Christian teaching.  The United Methodist Church embraces sexual fidelity and considers promiscuous, non-covenantal, sexual relationships incompatible with Christian teaching.  We affirm...

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This proposal treats all people equally regardless of gender orientation. The Constitution, Doctrinal Standards, and Social Principles of the Discipline contain adequate authorities for the discipline of unacceptable behavior by laity and clergy, without calling out specific subgroups.  The Discipline boldly protects all people from discrimination and unequal treatment.