The Connectional Table, a United Methodist governing body, on Tuesday, April 29, began a series of public discussions on human sexuality. On the same day, the body agreed to begin the process of drafting legislation that would change church law "to fully include LGBTQ persons in the life and ministry of the church." Read story and post a comment.

In addition, during its April 23-26 spring session, the Judicial Council ruled that by virtue of its own authority, the finance agency of The United Methodist Church can provide benefits for same-gender spouses of general agency employees. The denomination's top court also upheld a bishop's decision that a certified clergy candidate should be allowed the opportunity for an interview regardless of sexual orientation, and modified another bishop's decision regarding a marriage-equality resolution from the Desert Southwest Annual (regional) Conference. Read story and post a comment.