Petition 80020

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Remove Prohibition (80020-FA-¶806.9)

Delete ¶806.9 as follows:
9. It shall be responsible for ensuring that no board, agency, committee, commission, or council shall give United Methodist funds to any gay caucus or group, or otherwise use such funds to promote the acceptance of homosexuality. The council shall have the right to stop such expenditures. This restriction shall not limit the church's ministry in response to the HIV epidemic.

Rationale

The United Methodist Church acknowledges that all persons are of sacred worth. “Sexuality is God’s good gift to all persons”1. Any prejudice based upon who a person is (his/her very being as a child of God) is incompatible with the teachings of Jesus.