National roundup: Lesbian bishop, Equality Act, ‘stealthing’ – Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive – Windy City Times


National roundup: Lesbian bishop, Equality Act, ‘stealthing’ – Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive – Windy City Times

The first openly gay bishop for the United Methodist Church could lose her title because of her sexuality, 9News.com reported. The denomination’s highest court recently heard arguments, and will soon decide if it will overturn Denver-based Rev. Karen Oliveto’s election. While some individual churches and pastors like Strader welcome diversity, in the 1970s the United Methodist Church added a clause to their rules stating clergy cannot be “self-avowed practicing homosexuals.” Despite this rule, Oliveto became the first lesbian elected bishop last July; she oversees hundreds of churches in five states, including Colorado.
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