Friday, May 24, 2013
The Center for Investigative Reporting recently released a short movie detailing the debate at the United Methodist Church convention over language that calls homosexuality "incompatible with Christian teaching."
Earlier this year, Methodists from around the country gathered in Tampa for a convention to decide church doctrine. The movie shows the debate from inside the convention, depicting heart-felt arguments advanced by both sides of the issue.
Now for the spoiler alert -- the church ultimately voted 61-39 percent against changing the language. And while it was not about gay marriage, many of the arguments advanced by both sides sounded similar to what's being debated in Maine as voters get ready to go to the polls Nov. 6.
The center is the nation's oldest nonprofit investigative reporting organization.
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