My attitude was consistent, but something changed within my Methodist church. The church adopted explicit rules that forbad the church-sponsored marriage of gay couples and to forbid clergy to conduct "gay marriages."
Response 1: I'd advise you to continue with your local congregation if and until its orientation fits with the denomination’s orientation.
Actually, it's totally unclear to me how United Methodists in the U.S. will proceed from here. Therefore
Response 2: I'm advising that you and your family live the Christian life faithfully as you understand that phrase. If at some point it's possible that you cannot in good conscience continue within the UMC it'll be time to go church-shopping.
Response 3b: German United Methodist annual conference announces that the rules are unacceptable in Germany and the annual conference will not enforce them.
Click here to read a news release on upstate New York United Methodist responses.
Click here to read recent news releases related to 2019 special General Conferencehttps://www.umnews.org/en/news/beginning-to-look-ahead-after-gc2019.