Can a Jurisdiction prohibit church trials?
The Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference tried a creative way to draw attention to the conflict in the Church over homosexuality. They passed a resolution that directed conference Councils on Finance and Administration to withhold funds for church trials that are for violations of church law about marrying homosexuals, being self-avowed practicing homosexuals, and related matters.
The same result as in many cases before the Council caused the resolution to fail muster as church law or policy. It is not aspirational and resolves that people "negate, ignore, or contradict The Book of Discipline." The bishop stated that in his ruling, adding that it also violated the constitution's requirements for trials.
The interesting thing to me was that the conference voted 2 to 1 in favor of the resolution. That vote, even in the face of likely legal rejection by means of any appeal process, is amazing. Those who brought the resolution knew all about past rulings on resolutions of the sort they were raising. Their persistence matches that of the ones who brought about the anti-homosexual laws forty five years ago and who are still the majority at General Conference. But, as in the Northeastern Jurisdiction, will the General Conference vote trend the way it has in the NEJ?