Church votes to end wedding ceremonies

An Austin Methodist church has joined 10 other Methodist churches across the country in temporarily halting wedding ceremonies until the denomination lifts its ban on same-sex marriages. On Sept. 24, the First United Methodist Church in Austin congregation voted to temporarily stop wedding ceremonies, with 93 percent of the congregation voting in favor.

First United Methodist Austin senior pastor Taylor Fuerst said he hoped the vote would have a unifying affect on his church.

"It communicates even more to our city that if you are in the LGBT community that you are not tolerated here, but embraced," Fuerst said.

Congregations are not required to hold wedding ceremonies, and currently the Methodist church bans same-sex unions from being performed by pastors or taking place at its churches.


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