Bowling Green Methodist Church Pastor reacts to controversial LGBT vote

BOWLING GREEN Ky.- A vote involving the United Methodist Church denomination is getting a lot of attention.

Delegates rejected a move to ease the faith’s ban on same-sex marriage and ordination of lesbian, gay, bi, trans, clergy.

Some supporters of greater LGBT inclusion were in tears, while others vented their anger after delegates, on a 449-374 vote, defeated a proposal that would have let regional and local church bodies decide for themselves on gay-friendly policies.

Senior pastor of Broadway United Methodist Church in Bowling Green, Adam Shourds said the current situation is not going to affect his church.

“Our approach here at Broadway isn’t going to change. It changes very little at this point about what we do here in Bowling Green. It gives us an opportunity to actually be something distinctive and different. We dialogue about tough subjects, we love people who don’t agree with us, and we welcome all people no exceptions,” Shourds said.

The traditional plan won a majority of the delegates. The plan maintains the stance that being gay is incompatible with Christ’s teachings.