Conference Resolution Against Enforcing Laws on Homosexual Concerns
The New England Annual Conference passed a resolution which intended to counter all the things in the Discipline that they felt was oppressive with respect to the LGBTQIA community. The statement of facts reproduces the resolution which identifies those places in the Discipline. The bishop ruled against the points of the resolution where they countered church law but allowed those related to non-law portions like the Social Principles.
Usually such resolutions are couched in aspirational terms. This one was clearly a challenge which directed disobedience to church law. The Council affirmed the Bishop’s rulings.
The Bishop and the Council were on the same page and were consistent with many past Council decisions about such resolutions.
This was not the only annual conference to assert freedom from following a handful of recent laws. It is a sign of growing dissatisfaction in the United States and Western Europe with church law on these matters. For what it is worth, I think it is highly likely that much of the rest of the world will shift in this direction because of so many in the younger generations for whom the attitudes differ from the older generations.